Grout Cleaning Tips: How to Win the War Against Grime

DSC03513Do you dream of sparkling white grout but struggle to keep it that way? Are you losing the war against grime? It’s okay. Even the most diligent homeowners struggle with this chore. But if you’re ready to live the dream, we have some great tips for you!

Clean Spills Right Away

Never let foodstuff, juice, or mud sit on your floors. If you spill something, wipe it up APSP! If you drop something, sweep it up. This way nothing will ever have a chance to settle into the grout. If you notice a spot or stain that snuck through and dried on your grout, try pouring a little hydrogen peroxide on it to break it up and wipe it away with a damp cloth.

Dealing With Stained Grout

Oxygen bleach is an excellent way to touch up grout that’s turning a little yellow or has a stain that’s been set for a while. Fill up a spray bottle with water and keep it next to your oxygen bleach for quick touch ups. If your grout is particularly gross and yellowy, you can even replace the water with lemon juice for extra whitening power. The majority of household cleaners will also do the trick, but you can even use white, non-gel toothpaste, shaving cream, or a paste of baking soda and water in a pinch!

How to Clean Your Grout: Patience Really is a Virtue

  1. Fill a spray bottle with water (or lemon juice if it’s really bad!) and wet your grout.
  2. Scoop up some oxygen bleach and sprinkle it along the grout until it has a consistency like paste.
  3. Once all of your grout is covered in this paste, find something else to do for at least 15 minutes. Finish a chapter in that book you haven’t been able to pick up, take the dog for a walk, pay your bills, meditate – patience will really be your best friend here, so take a little you-time.
  4. Once you’re feeling relaxed, grab an old toothbrush or grout brush and use it to wipe the dirt and mildew away. Oxygen bleach makes this super easy, so it shouldn’t take you too long!
  5. At this point, your paste will have turned the color of death (brown or even black) and you’re going to want to rinse that away. Dampen a clean, white cloth and wipe it all away. Your grout should look as good as new! If you’re doing the grout in your shower and have a detachable showerhead, you can even rinse the walls with that and dry them with a squeegee.

How to Keep the Grime From Coming Back

The icky stuff in your grout can be food or juice residue, but it can also be mold or mildew. This is especially true of the grout in your bathroom, since high humidity and poor ventilation make a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Get in the habit of opening the bathroom window (if you have one), leaving the doors open, using a fan, or even squeegeeing the shower walls when you’re finished with your shower. We recommend the squeegee because it will also prevent scum from building up on your tiles, which makes all of your bathroom cleaning much, much easier and it only takes a few seconds!

Treating your tile floor with a grout sealant will keep everything dirt and mildew free longer. You only need to do this once a year to reap the benefits. Then follow this grout cleaning process about once every six months and you should have absolutely no issues to worry about and impressively clean grout!

Professional Grout Cleaning

1st Class Cleaning is a professional, New York-based cleaning company and we know how to deal with dingy grout quickly and efficiently. If you’d prefer to hand this chore off to someone else, we can come in and do a thorough, one-time cleaning or you can set up a recurring schedule to have us come take care of this and other chores as often as you’d like. Contact us today to learn more about our service options and pricing!

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