THERE is no doubt that tiles in homes can be beautiful and durable, especially when the grout is properly cleaned and maintained. Grout in tiles can make the house look untidy, unattractive and dirty, causing it to lose its durability.

Grout can be difficult to keep clean. As homemakers, if you do not consciously make it a duty to clean it regularly, it can change to an unpleasant colour, contrary to your initial taste.

Grout in tiles

For those wondering what grout is, grout is the mixture of water, sand, and cement that keeps tiles in place. Grout lines easily pick up dirt and stains, and before you know it, they turn from white to brown or even black. It is even worse when you are unfortunate to hire inexperienced tillers who may fill the tiles with lots of grouts.

You may not have control on who lay the tiles especially when you are a tenant, but you have responsibility of looking for a better way to keep your house shinning and attractive all the time.

Before you begin to clean the grout, do your regular cleaning process of wiping down counters or sweeping and mopping floors. This will get all the top layer of scum off, and make your work a bit easier.

Materials

Baking Soda

Vinegar

Hydrogen peroxide (optional)

Spray bottle

Grout brush or scrub brush (a toothbrush works as well!)

Small bowl

Different mixtures for cleaning grouts

Baking soda and vinegar mixture: In a bucket or large bowl, mix seven cups of warm water, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Allow to mix completely, so the baking soda is dissolved. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle to make it easy to mist the dirtiest areas specifically, and for storage.

Vinegar and water solution: Fill your spray bottle with a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water and spray the work area generously. Let the solution sit for about five minutes, then follow up with a grout brush or a scrub brush. If you don’t have one of these, a toothbrush works in a pinch.

Baking soda and water: In a small bowl, make a paste with baking soda and water. Dip your toothbrush or grout brush in the paste and work it into the grout. Spray the area with your vinegar + water solution. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to bubble up and will start to work away that nasty soap scum. Use your brush and get all the way into the grout lines to remove buildup. Rinse with warm water.

For tough grout stains, try hydrogen peroxide: If it is mold or mildewed grout, hydrogen peroxide is a game changer.

Making a baking soda

Spray it on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes then go to work on it with your scrub brush of choice. You might have to repeat this step a few times if it is a tough stain. If repeated efforts still don’t make the stain disappear, try making a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste. Apply the paste to the grout lines, let it sit, scrub and rinse with warm water.

You don’t have to do this every day but two to three times each week will make a major difference. Maintenance is the key to every good looking thing you admire in life. Don’t wish to have your house look like somebody’s. Maintain what you have and others will wish they have your house.

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