The material between your tiles that gets dirt by the day is grout.
Its porous nature makes it vulnerable to dirt. Any liquid that falls on the grout surface seeps in and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
Additionally, if you’re finding it difficult to see your reflection on the grout surface and need to restore its freshness, you can follow some simple home remedies.
Most acidic cleaners that you find in the market today are not made for tile & grout cleaning.
Moreover, if you choose the wrong tile and grout cleaning solution, it may end up harming your grout surface and ruining the aesthetic appeal of your floor.
So bleach, ammonia, acid-based and soap-based are all a big NO when it comes to tile and grout surfaces. This is because it eventually ruins and discolors them.
Improper cleaning methods could leave stains and soap residues that can get stuck in the grout.
So certain helpful tips and tricks to help you clean your grout always comes in handy before your guests arrive on short notice.
Here’s all that you need to know about safe tile and grout cleaning!
Vinegar - The Game Changer in Grout Cleaning
If you are thinking about grout cleaning without any marks, vinegar can help.
Vinegar is a healthier cleaning alternative as opposed to synthetic products with harmful ingredients.
Vinegar is cheap and safe for both the environment. It’s safe for your kids and pets as well as helps clean floors thoroughly.
The Baking Soda and Vinegar Combination
A proper mix of baking soda and vinegar can work like magic on grout.
Take baking soda and cover the entire grout area. Wipe out the excess powder and let it stay for a couple of minutes.
Then take a spray bottle, fill it with vinegar and apply it over the baking soda layer. Let it sit on the grout surface and bubble. Then scrub it after a few minutes.
Do not let the mixture sit for too long, else the dirt settles back into the grout.
In case you leave it for a longer time, it will form a muddy solution. Don’t worry, you can use a grout brush and scrub the dirt off.
Do not use bleach or hydrogen-peroxide in case of colored grout. It will completely discolor it.
Sanded vs Unsanded Grout
Simply speaking, sanded grout has sand in it and unsanded grout has no sand.
When the gap between the tiles is large, you can add sand to prevent the grout from shrinking. If you try to use non-sanded grout for large grout lines, it will shrink
Sanded grout is stable and more durable. Unsanded grout is used for smaller grout lines. You cannot use sanded grout in smaller grout line because it will crack if you try to force it.
An excellent way to protect your grout is by applying a coat or two of grout sealer. You’ll find different types of grout sealers to keep grout surface intact without losing its luster. You need to re-apply grout sealer at least once a year, or even more depending on the footfall.
For professional tile and grout cleaning, contact Dri & Kleen Home Services at 305-742-1620. You can schedule a half-yearly or yearly cleaning.
Dri & Kleen Home Services is a licensed and insured company with over 20 years of industry experience in expert tile and grout cleaning.