How To Clean Unsealed Floor Grout

When you’re remodeling or re-tiling your floor, the grout between your tiles may get dirty when it hasn’t been sealed yet. If this happens, don’t fret. There is an easy and inexpensive way to clean unsealed floor grout. You can use common household items that are usually found in your pantry. It will take a little bit of your time and some elbow grease, but it will be worth your effort.

Here are the steps how to clean your unsealed floor grout.

  1. Sweep away all visible debris off your floor. Next, mop the floor area to prepare the tile grout for treatment.
  2. Make a solution of baking soda, vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This mixture will foam up and act as a gentle abrasive on your grout. You may choose to do this mixture direct on the grout.
  3. Spray the mixture on the grout. Let this solution sit on your tile for around 10 minutes. This will loosen the dirt and help extract the grime from your grout. You will notice that the solution will foam as you spray on the grout.
  4. Once the solution has stayed on the surface for a while, start scrubbing. Protect your hands with gloves and use either a scouring pad or bristle brush scrub. For large floor areas, you may choose a long handled bristle brush to clean a wider area faster.
  5. If the dirt doesn’t come off using the baking soda solution, try chlorine bleach. Dilute it with equal parts water or use full strength and pour directly on the grout for really stubborn stains. Make sure your room is well ventilated when you do this so open the windows or door.
  6. Do not use chlorine bleach on colored grout. It will discolor it. Instead, repeat the process but use only baking soda and vinegar poured directly on the surface to achieve a more concentrated cleanser.
  7. Use a floor steamer or a wet vac to clean up the dirty foam left behind. You can rent floor steamers from hardware stores if you don’t have one. It’s the most effective way of cleaning out unsealed floor grout without damaging it. The steam will really unloosen any debris trapped in the porous grout surface. Run the floor steamer over the entire floor area.
  8. After you have used the floor steamer or wet vac, wet the area and mop it up. This will rinse and take away any dirty residue.
  9. Allow the floor to dry completely.
  10. After you get your floor grout cleaned up, get it sealed right away. This is the best and only way to preserve its beauty and help it not get it dirty again.

Using tile for your home flooring is a practical and beautiful choice. In the process of remodeling or just from the daily wear and tear of the foot traffic on your floors, if your unsealed grout gets dirty or stained, try the steps above. It will keep your tile floor looking clean and new again.


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