Is your tile grout looking grubby? Grout is the white mortar between your bathroom and kitchen tiles, and if neglected it can make your bathroom look a lot dirtier than it actually is. As a porous and rough surface, it needs to be cleaned differently from tiles; so what is the best way to clean tile grout? This article explains effective techniques to use, with a description of products you can use to clean the grout in your bathroom and kitchen, particularly focusing on how to clean shower grout. The best way to clean grout will clear out dirt from the pores of the grout, while also stopping the growth of mildew. These tips will make the process simple and hassle-free.
Clean Tile Grout with Commercial Products
Your local supermarket or DIY store will offer a number of commercial products specially designed for cleaning tile grout. You’re best off choosing one with anti-fungal properties — an antibacterial mould and mildew spray, for instance. Mildew thrives in moist places, so a spray like this will help to eliminate any build ups of mildew on your tile grout. Alternatively, a grout pen functions like a paint marker and helps to keep the grout looking white.
Many of these commercial products can contain strong chemicals, so be sure to wear rubber gloves and ventilate the bathroom or kitchen properly when using them. Remember to follow the directions on the label and to test the product on a small, inconspicuous area first.
Cleaning Tile Grout: Bleach or Not to Bleach?
How should you clean grout in the shower? Bleach will often be recommended, as it is very effective on white and light grey grouts. However, if your kitchen or bathroom has black or other coloured grouting, bleach should be avoided as it will make the grout fade. If you do apply bleach, rinse your tiles afterwards with cold water only, as warm or hot water will only intensify the vapours. Be sure to ventilate the room and wear rubber gloves when handling any bleach product, and also ensure that you read the instructions on the label before applying it.
An alternative is oxygen bleach, a bleach compound that comes in powder form. Remember to follow the directions on the label and to test this product on a small area first before continuing. Mix equal parts oxygen bleach with warm water, let it dissolve, and apply to the grout. You can either pour it on or apply it using a spray bottle. Afterwards scrub with an old toothbrush, rinse with cold water, and wipe your tiles dry.