I have yet to meet anyone who actually enjoys cleaning the grout in their home. Whether it be in their kitchen or bathroom, nobody enjoys doing it. Most of the bathroom cleaners that you find in your local store are typically made for use on porcelain surfaces. I figured out what works best for cleaning grout and I’m going to share my findings with you in this article.
Cleaners you can buy in the store
If you wander down the cleaning aisle in your local store you’ll find that there’s so many options to choose from for cleaning grout. Believe it or not, there actually is a difference between the different cleaners you can purchase.
The best tip to remember when shopping for a cleaner is to remember the type of material you’ll be cleaning. Different chemicals will react to different materials differently. I advise that you always read the label to find out what kind of surfaces the product can be used on.
The most popular grout cleaning products you will find are as follows:
Bleach – These products often use bleach as their main cleaning ingredient. So, you should never used a bleach based cleaner on colored grout because you can cause the color to fade. If your grout is colored, make sure you look for products that are bleach free.
Acidic – Some products will use some type of acid as their main ingredient for cleaning. If your grout is surrounded by limestone, marble, or travertine, do not use these types of cleaners! The acidity in the cleaner can make them look permanently hazy.
Enzymatic – These products usually claim to be all natural because they use different enzymes as their main ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. These products are typically safe for use on almost any surface. However, you should always read the label on the bottle to ensure it is safe to use on whatever you will be cleaning.
Cleaners you can make at home
Many people have discovered that they can actually create a very powerful and effective cleaner in their home. The most common cleaning solution you can make at your home uses three parts baking soda to one part bleach. Remember, bleach can ruin colored grout, so only use this cleaner on non-colored grout. You can also replace the bleach in that mixture with water to avoid the risk of bleaching anything.
Here are some other homemade cleaning solutions:
- 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/3 cup ammonia. This is a strong mixture and should not be used on limestone, marble, or travertine.
- Lemons and baking soda. This is a all natural mixture, however it should not be used on limestone, marble, or travertine either because of the acidity of the lemon.
When using a homemade cleaner such as the ones above, you should follow these steps; mix the solution, apply to the grout and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, scrub with a brush and rinse.
Another method of cleaning grout that you don’t hear about too often is steam cleaning. This method works by heating water to create steam and then it’s applied to the grout using a nozzle or wand. The heat works very well to clean grout. You can find a steam cleaning system at most home improvement stores. Keep in mind, this method is more expensive because of the tools involved.
Cleaning the grout in your home doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Just remember the tips I’ve explained to you in this article and you will soon be a grout cleaning professional!