Cleaning grout is done regularly especially in areas where water frequents like the bathroom. As water fills the grout canals and dries up on it naturally, you will notice that the grout may turn dark over time. This is due to mold building up and transforming your once clean and white grout into something truly sore to look at. When this happens, most people turn to commercial cleaners that contain certain chemicals that can be quite toxic to your health and environment. Fortunately, there are more environmentally friendly ways to tackle the problem. Here are some environmentally friendly methods and mediums for grout cleaning.
- Hose the grout with water. Over time, molds and mildew will begin to infest and infect your grout. The first step in cleaning the grout is by dislodging the buildup already on it. You will need to wash off the molds and mildew clinging desperately on the grout. To do this, connect a hose to your faucet and let her rip. The stronger the water pressure, the better. This should reduce the amount of molds and mildew on the grout. If you have a water pressure sprayer, using that would be so much better. Don’t forget to scrub the grout while spraying it or hosing it down with water. A stiff-bristled brush should do fine.
- Sprinkle baking soda. Once you finish washing the grout, most of the molds may have been dislodged already. However, this is not enough. You will need to apply harsher methods in order to get the molds out of your grout and out of your life. You can do this by sprinkling baking soda along the grout lines. A nice coat will do. Whip out an old toothbrush with stiff bristles and start scrubbing. Bear in mind that this task may tire you out. In this case, it is recommended to get some help. Ask your kids or a friend to help you out.
- Wash the baking soda off. After scrubbing, allow the baking soda to sit on the grout for about 10 minutes before washing it off. At that point, get a bucket of really hot water and rinse the powder off. This should get most of the molds and dark colors out.
- Apply white vinegar. If baking soda does not cut it, then you may need something stronger with high acidity content. Pour some white vinegar on the grout and scrub it with a toothbrush. The acidity should dissolve the molds and any residue on the grout. It will disinfect and deodorize the grout as well. Allow the vinegar to set for about 30 minutes. At this point, the vinegar will have dried up. You will see that your grout is now looking clean and pure once more.
Vinegar and baking soda are two of the most potent cleansing and deodorizing agents found in most households. Using these to clean your grout or virtually any other hard surface will surely remove stains and molds. Most of all, these agents are environmentally friendly. Start using these green cleaning agents to improve the toxicity of your home and health.