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Best ways to easily and effectively clean grout and tile

Best ways to easily and effectively clean grout and tile

Learn how to clean tile grout and make cleaning your bathroom tiles, floor tiles or kitchen wall tiles much more enjoyable. Having a dirty grout is unhygienic, doesn’t look very nice and could be bad for your health. Cleaning tiles and grout should be part of your regular cleaning routine. A simple tip - clean tile grout first and then start cleaning tiles because the dirt from the grouting will get onto the tiles.

Why should you clean tile grout?

Did you notice black spots appearing on your tile grout? That’s mildew, its spores can be released into the room and if you breathe them in it could harm your health. When you clean tile grout you not only care for your bathroom and kitchen looks but also your health.

How to clean tile grout with bleach

Method 1

One of the methods is to pour a small amount of bleach into a cup and dip an old toothbrush in it. Then apply it to the tile grout and start cleaning.

Method 2

Mix bleach with baking soda and make a paste. Apply this paste to the grout then leave it working for 15 minutes. Using an old toothbrush start scrubbing the paste and removing grime. Rinse with water and leave the grout to dry before seeing the results.

How to make your own tile grout cleaner?

It couldn’t be simpler - just mix baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl to form a thick paste. Then use your old toothbrush to apply the paste to the grout and leave for 30 minutes to work its magic. Rinse with water and wipe any remaining residue using a soft microfibre cloth. Re-apply the paste if necessary.

How to clean tile grout in a shower?

Shower has probably the most build up of grime and cleaning it may be tricky. Before you start cleaning tile grout in a shower run a hot shower with the door and windows closed for a few minutes. Then use one of grout cleaning methods mentioned above. To get the bleach or baking soda solution into the grouting in the corners of the shower it’s better to use cotton buds rather than your old toothbrush.

Maintaining clean tile grout in a shower

  • Wipe down all the walls after you use your shower using a clean, dry cloth. This will prevent grime and mould build up
  • Pay extra attention to the corners
  • Ventilate your shower room to reduce condensation. Run an extractor fan or open the window to prevent mould growth.

  • How to clean floor tile grout without the need for scrubbing

    You could use one of the methods above to clean grouting on the floor tiles but the most effective method and fastest is to use a steam cleaner to clean tiles and grout.

    Tile and grout cleaning hacks

  • Use whitening toothpaste to restore your grout's colour
  • Use an electric toothbrush with and old head to save time
  • Use a grout pen to brighten the tile grout after cleaning
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