Grout is the construction material (mixture of water, sand and cement) used to seal joints like in tiles. Much like mortar, it hardens over time.
Because they easily pick up dirt, grout can get very unsightly, hence the need to clean them when need be, or better yet, regularly. It’s a sure fire way to turn off your guests, so before this happens, be sure you bring back the sparkle your tiles used to have. In cases of damaged tiles, you need not worry because they can be replaced. If you are doing the job, be sure to use the correct tile blade – porcelain tile blade to cut porcelain, glass tile blade to cut glass, and so on. These and diamond blades are an essential addition to your tool collection.
How to Clean Tile Grout
Cleaning tile grout is easy. Of course, it starts with cleaning your tiles as you regularly do, using a mop for floor tiles and spray for counter tops. You will also need an old toothbrush for scrubbing. Now you are ready to prepare any of the following solutions:
Baking soda + bleach
¾ cup baking soda
¼ cup bleach
Mix the ingredients on a container and stir until paste is formed. Apply the solution in the grout and leave it for 5-10 minutes. For a deeper cleaning, use the toothbrush to rub on the grout. When you’re done, allow another 5-10 minutes before you rinse it with clear, warm water.
Baking soda + water
3 cups baking soda
1 cup water
Mix the ingredients on a container and stir until paste is formed. Do as you did above. Among the many grout cleaners that can be formulated at home, this is probably the most popular since it is gentler and involves the most available ingredients.
Baking soda + Hydrogen Peroxide
3 cups baking soda
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
Mix the ingredients on a container and stir until paste is formed. Do as you did above. Because there is a big amount of hydrogen peroxide, this is not advisable on colored tiles because of its bleaching properties. Again, be sure you rinse with clear, warm water.