Cleaning grout is a chore. That white stuff makes every last bit of dirt show up easily, which means your floor can look dirty in a matter of days even after a decent cleaning. So, how do you make grout look good again without having to scrub it every few days? You’re going to have to clean better and more thoroughly, and we are going to show you a few steps to take to clean your grout safer and more efficiently.
We want to clean grout in a way that doesn’t release toxic chemicals into the air and does not harm the environment. We also want to be gentle on the grout and ensure it lasts a long time. The best way to do that is to make a simple home cleaning solution that is very safe and practical.
You just take some water and vinegar and mix it together in a spray bottle. You don’t need a lot of vinegar. About one part vinegar to three parts water will do. Spray that on the grout and let it rest and soak in for a few minutes. Then you can use a grout brush or scrub brush to work at the grout. Wash all that away with some warm water and see your grout look cleaner and whiter.
That’s going to get most of the grout clean, but there will be some parts in this porous substance that will still be dirty. You need something more potent, and you can use a paste made from baking soda and water to clean the grout next. Use a tooth brush or other small brush to work that into all the groves and pores until you feel you are cleaning every last inch of grout. Once again, rinse with water.
Now your grout should look new and bright, but you have to do some work to ensure that it doesn’t need this kind of deep cleaning again. It can be strenuous work to get down on your hands and knees and scrub at the grout, so we are going to give you a little advice for how to keep your grout looking nice. Our top suggestion is to mop the floors regularly. It’s good to mop them about once a week, but depending on foot traffic in the area, you may mop more or less often.
If you are dealing with grout in the shower, then just use a vinegar and water spray to treat it after your shower. If you spray the grout and tile just a few times a week, you will have to deep clean it far less often. Spray evenly but not heavily, and if you hate the vinegar scent, you can always add a bit of lemon juice or an essential oil to make it smell nicer.
If you follow these tips, you won’t have to deal with toxic fumes or sticky residue, and your grout will be cleaned faster and look better for longer.
For more reading, check out our previous toilet cleaning tips.