Clean Dingy Bathroom Grout In A Few Easy Steps
Category Property News
When grout is dirty and grimy (grubby hands, mildew and product build-up are usually the culprits), it can make an entire bathroom or kitchen look dingy.
When it's clean, this typically white mortar can significantly brighten a room.
Whether it’s on the floor, in the shower or on the kitchen backsplash, grout can be cleaned effectively and naturally with just a few simple tools.
You will need
- Clean washcloth
- Old toothbrush, if you have an old electric one to spare, all the better
- Baking soda
1. Start by cleaning the area with water using a washcloth. This will remove any top stains, allowing you to start with a relatively clean slate.
2. From there, combine baking soda and water to make a paste.
3. Using a toothbrush, apply the paste to the grout and scrub vigorously. This is where an electric toothbrush comes in handy as the vibrations help loosen any baked-in dirt.
4. Wipe off any excess paste, then wipe the tiles down again using the wet washcloth. This solution requires a lot of elbow grease, so be prepared to scrub.
Some recipes suggest replacing the water with vinegar for a deeper clean. For tough stains, let the paste sit for a while before scrubbing. If the grout still isn't coming clean, apply some lemon juice directly onto the stain, let it sit a few minutes and wipe it clean.
If the stains are really stubborn, there are more grout cleaning solutions available. These remedies aren't quite as natural, but each one pulls from items you already have around the house.
Scrub the grout with toothpaste
Choose whitening toothpaste for a little extra polish. Again, here's your excuse to get a new electric toothbrush because this job would be much easier with your old one.
Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda into a paste
When the bubbling stops, apply it to the grout. Let it sit for a while then scrub it off with an old toothbrush.
Once the tile is clean, it's time for a little preventative maintenance. Inspect your grout regularly and apply a commercial grout sealer once a year.
Keeping grout well sealed makes sure it doesn't become a breeding ground for mould or mildew. To keep your grout looking new, always keep the grout dry and take care of small stains as soon as they happen.
Author: Janine Leisher