If you’re wondering, tile grout is the plaster that is found between tiles, protecting their edges from damage. Over time, the grout can get grimy and dirty, especially in high-traffic areas of the house such as the bathroom and the kitchen. There are a lot of commercially available cleaners, all claiming to be better than each other, but you don’t have to be fooled by their aggressive marketing campaigns. Tile grout is easy to clean, and natural solutions will not only save you money, they will help the environment. Regular cleaning is important to keep your tile grout clean, so here are some easy to follow techniques for keeping your tile grout free from dirt and grime.
- Use baking soda as a first-line solution. Baking soda is one of the best natural cleaning ingredients you can ever find. Not only will it scrub your tile grout clean, it can also help kill any odor-causing bacteria trapped in the pores of your tile grout. This is also readily available at the supermarket, so you will have no difficulty in acquiring this for your cleaning duties. Any brand will do, so you can always opt for the cheapest.
- You can start by cleaning the surface of any superficial dirt that has accumulated on top of the tiles and the grout. Aside from sweeping, make sure you mop the surface before letting it dry – this will clear out all the easy to remove dirt from your grout. Do not forget this step – if you forget to clean the dry surface dirt, you will not be able to reach the layer of dirt that is directly sticking to the grout.
- Make a paste of baking soda by mixing it with water. Spread this all over your grout and scrub your tiles with a toothbrush. You should use small circular motions while doing this, instead of just broad strokes. Try to mimic the action of brushing your teeth when doing this. With a little patience and effort, you will see the results of your cleaning. Try to get into the little nooks and crannies where a lot of the grime builds up.
- For persistent stains, use vinegar or lemon juice. You can use these in a solution with water, with proportions of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and 1 part water to 1 part lemon juice. Spray these on those persistent stains and let stand for several minutes. This will help loosen the dirt particles that stick to grout. After you let the sprayed solution dry, use a toothbrush to rub away the grime that has been loosened by your cleaning solution.
Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent dirt and grime buildup from making your tile grout looking messy and sticky. Make sure to be thorough in your efforts to clean your tiles – most stains are easy to remove, even with your very one homemade remedy. While cleaning may seem to be a tedious process, the rewards of cleaner looking kitchen and bathroom will make all your efforts worth it.