Grout Cleaning Methods
Ask your friends and family how to clean grout on floor tiles and you’ll probably hear a number of different replies. Below we’ve listed some effective remedies. Be sure to use a narrow professional grout brush or an old toothbrush, where relevant, to avoid scratching or damaging the surface of the tiles.
- Grout Pens
These are available at supermarkets and most hardware stores. Instead of removing the dirt, a grout pen actually applies a layer of grout paint on top, covering any stains. These can also contain ingredients to combat mould and mildew.
- Natural remedies
A strong solution of white vinegar and water can be very effective at cleaning grout. A paste of baking soda and lemon juice (3 parts to 1) is also a good natural grout cleaner. Apply either solution directly to the grout and leave for 10-15 minutes, before scrubbing and rinsing off. Again, always test any method in a small area first, and make sure to never mix cleaning products together.
- Oxygen bleach or chlorine bleach
These products should be handled with care and according to the instructions on the label. They will disinfect as well as clean your grout, but may also lighten coloured grouts. Usually, you will let the solution soak in for 15-20 minutes, and then scrub and rinse off. Remember, never mix bleach with any other product.
- Re-grouting your floor
If you’ve tried all the above solutions and your grout floor still looks stained and dirty, a more radical approach would be to replace the grout entirely. Consult a professional grouter for more advice.
Knowing how to clean floor grout is easy with these four options to choose from. Once you’ve finished cleaning you’ll have a tile floor to be proud of!