Far too often, the beauty and elegance of tile is tarnished by dirty or discolored grout. Bringing back the original luster and beauty of tile is a relatively easy task compared to the arduous chore of grout cleaning. If you dread the thought of such back-breaking work – good news! We have some easier ways to clean and restore your grout to its original beauty while minimizing the amount of scrubbing required.
Minimal Effort Commercial Cleaners
You probably already know there is no shortage of grout cleaning options for those who want to tackle such a task. Everything from industrial strength cleaners to natural home concoctions is available to assist you with your dirty grout dilemma. However, not all grout cleaners are created equal. Figuring out which one does the best job with the least amount of effort could take a considerable amount of time and money. Here’s more good news, we’ve done all the work for you.
A few of the more popular and effective commercial grout cleaning options are alkaline-based products like Grout-Eez Super Heavy-Duty Grout Cleaner, and the popular oxygen bleach product – OxiClean. Unlike chlorine bleach, which can discolor the grout, oxygen bleach products will clean, sanitize and remove stains without harming the grout. Both products effectively remove dirt and grime and restore grout to its original condition with minimal effort. These products are great for small to medium size grout cleaning jobs; like a guest bathroom (see also: How to Decorate A Guest Bathroom...). However, if you have a large surface area to clean, using these products can get a little expensive.
Going All Natural
If you prefer a more natural approach to cleaning, there are plenty of options available for you too. One of the proven, efficient, and least costly options is a mixture of 1 cup baking soda to 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. This simple and effective cleaning solution really does the trick on bathroom grout. When applying this solution to kitchen grout, add some degreasing dish soap to break down the greasy buildup that’s common in most kitchen areas.
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Let’s Get Down and Dirty
Now that you have a few of the more effective options to consider, it’s time to review how each cleaning solution should be used and applied. The alkaline-based product can be poured directly onto grout lines, then agitated with a brush using a circular motion. After a few minutes, you should begin to see the results of your effort. Oxygen bleach products should be mixed with warm water then applied to grout lines using a damp sponge. Soak the grout thoroughly and let the product sit on the grout – about 20 minutes – before you start scrubbing. An old toothbrush works great for scrubbing narrow grout lines.
Applying the natural grout cleaner requires a little more effort since you must measure and mix the ingredients yourself. But once you have the mixture right, applying and scrubbing – use that old toothbrush again – is the same, with similar, if not better results.
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Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze
So there you have it - a few grout cleaning options and how each should be used and applied to get the grout looking its absolute best. Now it’s time for the million-dollar question: is this really how you want to spend your free time? Let’s face it, no matter how many grout cleaning options there are, and regardless of how easy and inexpensive they are to use and apply, it’s still grout cleaning – one of the least favorite things to do. Here’s our final piece of good news - we saved our best grout cleaning option for last - Molly Maid.
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Have Everything Looking Beautiful…
Clean grout can really bring out the natural beauty of your tile. Unfortunately, it takes time and effort to make it happen – time most of us would rather spend doing something else. So, avoid the hassle and use your valuable time doing something you really enjoy. Use the cleaning professionals at Molly Maid to get your grout, tile, and the rest of your home looking its absolute best. Call or visit Molly Maid today!