Once mold and mildew starts to appear in the bathroom, it can be difficult to keep at bay. Make light work of cleaning bathroom tiles and grout with these handy tips.
Cleaning Bathroom Tiles and Grout
Hard-wearing and waterproof tiled surfaces look great in the bathroom. However, while tiles are pretty easy to keep clean, grout can quickly become discolored and tired-looking thanks to mold, mildew, and soap stains. Read on to discover how to clean bathroom tile grout effectively.
How do you clean grout?
- First, thoroughly clean the bathroom tile grout using a thick cleaning product, such as Cif Cream. Work the cream into the grout using a cloth, and then leave it for five to ten minutes. Rinse the residue from the cleaner away using fresh water. Remember to always follow the instructions on your product’s label.
- Chlorine household bleach or oxygen bleach powder will have a whitening effect on discolored tile grout. When cleaning bathroom tiles and grout with bleach, ensure that the area is well ventilated. Always read the label directions on any cleaning product that you are using – some colored grouts may fade when using a bleach-based cleaner. Using a grout brush (or an old toothbrush will do), dip the brush into the bleach and scrub firmly along the grout lines. Leave the bleach to rest for an hour or two, and then rinse away with fresh water and a clean cloth.
- If mold and mildew marks still remain, baking soda and white vinegar create a natural solution for cleaning bathroom grout. Make a thick paste by adding a small amount of vinegar to the baking soda. Using a stiff brush, scrub the paste onto the grout. Once the dirt and mildew have lifted, simply rinse away with fresh water.
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