Tile floors make it easy to clean up spills, crumbs, mud, broken glass, and even doggie accidents. Drop a bag of flour? Just vacuum it up. Potty training the dog? Just use a paper towel and some floor cleaning solution. Spill a glass of red wine? No problem! Sweep up the glass, absorb the wine with some paper towels, rinse with water, and dry. See what I mean? It’s easy to keep tiles clean—no, it’s those awful grout lines that seem to absorb every bit of dirt and grime. Like spiderwebs, the dirty lines crawl across the floor, preventing your tile flooring from looking as clean as it should. Luckily, cleaning grout lines is actually a lot easier than you might think. With some simple household products and a little elbow grease, your tile floors will be looking like new again.
Cleaning Grout Lines
For whatever reason, cleaning grout lines always seems to be a dreaded household chore. Sweeping and mopping are quotidian, but cleaning grout lines feels like grueling work. I’m not quite sure where this idea came from, but to clear the matter up, I would like to say that cleaning grout lines is really not hard at all. If you’re willing to clean your windows, you should be willing to clean your tile’s grout lines. All you need is a bit of strength and one of several easy-to-find (and possibly already on hand) household products.
Because grout is porous, it will absorb grease, dirt, stains, liquids, and oils, so if you have tile flooring in your kitchen or bathroom, you can imagine how dirty it gets. To clean it, you could just head over to your local Target or Walmart, or maybe a hardware or grocery store, and pick up a commercial grout cleaner. However, by bypassing these products, you will likely save money and avoid the harsh chemicals packed inside each one. Instead, turn to your own kitchen cabinets.
Here are some of your options:
- Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Rub it on, let it sit overnight, then scrub off with a stiff nylon brush (or an old toothbrush!).
- Use powdered oxygen bleach (which, by the way, is nontoxic, doesn’t produce harsh fumes, and is fabric-safe), make a solution with warm water, and apply to the grout lines quite heavily. If it all soaks in, apply more. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours (longer is better). Scrub in occasionally, applying more solution as you work. Rinse with water.
- Mix 4 cups water, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 1/2 cup vinegar. Spray or sprinkle onto grout lines. Let sit. Scrub with a nylon brush or a sponge. Rinse with water.
Once you’ve finished cleaning the grout lines, you might consider applying a silicone-base sealer to the grout to prevent future stains from sinking down into the grout. It’s easy to do and it will save you future inconvenience.
All of these methods of cleaning grout lines are quick, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly. However, if you don’t have time to clean your grout lines, you could also call in a professional to get the job done. At SteamPro Carpet Cleaning, our cleaners have experience with tile and grout cleaning and we can get your floors looking like new again. If you’re in the Jefferson City MO area, give us a call at 573-690-1205. We would love to help.