How to clean your tile grout

by nightask - June 16, 2019

We are always looking into the natural ways of cleaning the backsplash in the kitchen or the tiles in the bathroom. I would like to tell you how. You might have seen the suggestion on Pinterest to squirt toilet bowl cleaner on your grout lines, wait for some minutes and wipe it.

Not knowing how to clean your grout because of the toilet cleaner will become a complete mess. It will leave a layer on your floor that will take hours for you to clean. Since it is not meant for tile, it will probably cause damage to your flooring protective surface.

Meanwhile, your pets and family will walk on the mess and then possibly take it to the rest of the house. It will become alarming to think of your kids having toilet bowl cleaner on their feet. Am sure it won’t be good for your cats or dogs either, and I don’t like thinking of what could happen if they get on their paw and lick them. So leave it for Pinterest and read on how to use natural and non-toxic methods to clean your grout.

Walls

I hated cleaning the grout until I found out the way of cleaning grout on tiled shower walls and also the kitchen back-splash effectively. Using most of the natural cleaning methods, they swap hard chemicals for elbow grease. So, learn to use little money and your time to keep your grout looking clean always.

Baking soda is a smooth, natural abrasive powder that helps remove soap stains and scum on grout. Dish detergent cuts through grease and dirt. Hydrogen peroxide works in union with both in losing the bond between grout and grime and also killing mildew spores and mold.

You will require the following:
• Scrub brush
• Small bowl
• Baking soda
• Dawn Original liquid dish detergent
• Hydrogen peroxide
• Plenty of microfiber cloths.

Sprinkle warm water on the walls of the shower. Wipe using a microfiber cloth to loosen the dirt. Pour baking soda into a small bowl; no particular measurement is required to use – just the one that can get the job done. But I used a 1/2 cup of it for my shower. Add 4-5 of Dawn to the baking soda and stir properly, then gently add the hydrogen peroxide that is enough to make it a thick paste. Use a toothbrush and scrub the paste in the grout lines. This is where extension scrubber becomes very helpful. Wait at least for five minutes before you rinse it with warm water.

Floors

I love tiled floors as an allergy sufferer. Tiles are easily cleaned up, sweep or vacuum, then mop. But the grout? This is a tough one. The mixture below uses oxygenated bleach, free of chlorine. It is made by mixing hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate. While you use the above recipe to clean your floors, a lot of hydrogen peroxide is needed to get the work done. The method is more affordable for large surfaces. It spreads quickly and mops fast due to its liquid nature.

You will need the following:
• Warm water
• Scrub brush or no-kneel extension scrubber
• Oxygenated bleach
• Bucket
• Mop

Mix 4 parts of warm water and one part of OxiClean in a bucket. I need 1 cup of OxiClean and 4 cups of water for my 20 x 26′ kitchen floor. Avoid putting it inside a spray, or else it will explode. Use the mop and spread the mixture on the floor and make sure the grout is soaked. If your grout is or tiles are broken, do not use it to avoid damaging the subfloor. Wait for 15 minutes before you scrub the grout. Wipe out the remaining liquid. Mop the floor completely using clean water to remove any cleaning solution remaining.

Maintenance

Keep your grout in good shape. Prevent mildew and mold from growing on your bathroom grout using this daily shower spray. Inspect your grout at least once in a year and reseal if the need arises. Examine to know whether your grout needed to be resealed, drop a few drops of water on it. If it absorbs the water within a minute, know it that it needs to be resealed. Make sure you make use of the seal that meant for the type of tile you have on your floor. A proper sealant will prevent your floor as well as your grout from changing color or its texture.