Kitchens and bathrooms are known to have tile flooring because it is an easy, affordable, and durable flooring material that offers an abundant selection of styles, textures, colors, and more. The number one complaint that home and property owners have concerning their tile flooring is grout cleaning. It seems impossible to keep bathroom and kitchen floor grout clean and pristine like the day it was installed, but we all know this is unrealistic.
The best way to keep tile grout clear and clean is routine cleaning. There are two cost-effective methods to cleaning tile grout that you will find very helpful the next time you wish to brighten your kitchen or bathroom floors. Continue reading to review the instructions for both grout cleaning methods, and who to call for professional tile floor installation and replacement services you can trust.
What You Will Need
- Old Toothbrush or Scrub Pad
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Dry Oxygenated Bleach (Method 1)
- Spray Bottle (Method 1)
- Baking Soda (Method 2)
- Clean Fresh Water
- Clean Dry Towel
The first method to cleaning tile grout is for floors with lighter-colored grout lines, such as white, light beige, or nude.
- Liberally Sprinkle Grout Lines with Dry Bleach Product
- Add Clean Water to Plastic Spray Bottle
- Spray Clean Water on Dry Bleach Product
- Allow Water/Bleach Combo to Sit for 5 Minutes (Give or Take, Depending on How Soiled)
- Scrub the Dry Bleach into the Grout Lines with an Old Toothbrush or Scrub Pad
- Rinse the Flooring with Clean Water
- Repeat the Previous Step if Needed
- Pat Dry with Clean Towel
Sometimes, tile floors have darker grout colors, in shades of brown, black, and gray. Since darker grout can fade or discolor from improper cleaning, it is important to use the second method of cleaning for this type of tile flooring.
Here’s How to Get Started:
- Combine Baking Soda and Water to Form a Paste-Like Substance
- Liberally Apply the Paste to Grout Lines
- Allow the Baking Soda/Water Combo to Sit for 5 Minutes (Give or Take, Depending on How Soiled)
- Scrub the Paste into the Grout Lines
- Rinse the Floor
- Repeat Step 6 as Needed
- Towel Dry
If your tile floors are simply too dirty and worn to benefit from grout cleaning, it is wise to consider replacing it altogether. Many people desperately want to install new tile flooring but never follow through out of fear that they cannot afford to purchase new flooring and pay for labor. But the truth is, you can afford new tile flooring when you choose the right contractor for the job!