Time: 45 minutes
Grout is a crucial element of your tiling. It binds them together, protects them from chipping, and keeps water out. When properly maintained, grout is designed to provide years of protection and water repellence. When ignored, it can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew, and can stain or crack, leading to expensive repairs.
Once a month, you should give your grout a good scrubbing. (If that feels too ambitious, aim for a few times a year - every bit helps.) If you notice any cracks or holes while caring for your grout, be sure to have it fixed ASAP. Even small openings turn into expensive repairs when water gets behind the tile.
What’s in it for you?
- Fewer repairs
- Stain prevention
- Property damage prevention
What do you need?
- Baking soda
To Clean Your Grout
- Remove excess dust and dirt. Sweep and mop your floors, and wipe countertops, backsplashes, and shower walls down with a clean, moist towel and mild cleaner.
- Mix equal parts baking soda and water to make a paste. Liberally cover the grout with the mixture.
- Pour vinegar on top of the paste. This will cause the baking soda mixture to bubble.
- Wait for the bubbling to slow, then scrub the grout. Scrub in a circular motion with an old toothbrush or stiff nylon brush. Do not use a metal brush, as this can damage the grout.
- Rinse well with warm water, and use a wet cloth to wipe away any remaining residue.
- Let it dry completely.
For stubborn stains, repeat this process and let the baking soda paste sit overnight, or use a steam cleaner. The pressure and heat of steam cleaning can loosen and dissolve persistent stains without the use of harsh chemicals.
Commercial cleaners offer a quick visual fix, but can also strip away the water repellency of your grout. Bleach and ammonia based cleaners can also cause discoloration and damage with repeated use.
Grout Care Tips:
- Clean tile countertops after every use. This is particularly important for new countertops, when the grout is not fully cured and is still soft.
- Clean up spills as quickly as possible, including dry spills. Grout is a porous mixture of water, sand, and cement, and can easily stain.
- Invest in mats or rugs in high traffic areas. A rug at your entryway can trap dirt and prevent premature wear.
- Apply grout sealer once a year. A quality seal will prevent spills from seeping into the grout, and can prevent mold and mildew growth.
- Keep bathrooms well ventilated. Use an exhaust fan after taking a bath or shower, and wipe up wet tile to keep your grout from molding.
If you notice any cracks or holes, give us a call at 844-99-SUPER and we'll send a pro ASAP.