Cleaning the tiles of your Adelaide bathroom or kitchen seems easy enough – it’s the stains on the grout that makes it still feel dirty.
Many homeowners ignore the grout when they are cleaning their tiles. They think it will get cleaned with the tiles when they mop the floor. However, that’s not the case. The stains will pile up on top of each other and as a result, will become permanent.
Unlike grout, tiles resist dirt and stains. Grout, on the other hand, is porous and will easily absorb any dirt or spills, resulting in stains on your Adelaide tiles.
Clean grout will not just make your home look hygienic and fresh. It will also extend the life of your tiles.
The secret to clean grout is using some easy-to-find household products and a good scrubbing. Here is how to whiten the lines between your tiles again:
Wipe With Hot Water
First, you must remove any dirt or grime on the surface. A good wipe down with hot water will do the trick. Just spray warm water on the grout lines and scrub. To avoid scratching the tiles in your Adelaide house, use a toothbrush or a small scrub brush. Metal brushes can be too harsh on the tiles. They can also knock out pieces of the grout itself.
Mild Cleaning Solutions
Before using any tile cleaning solutions, you need to test them on a hidden spot first. Try the cleaning mixtures on the tiles under your Adelaide kitchen appliances or behind the toilet. First, use this mild mixture of vinegar and water. If the stain persists, you can use stronger cleaning solutions.
Mix equal parts of white or distilled vinegar and warm water together. Spray the mixture on the grout and let it stand for several minutes. Then scrub the grout and rinse. If you have porous tiles, such as marble, avoid using vinegar. It can stain your marble tiles.
Stronger Solution for Stubborn Stains
You can use this cleaning solution for more stubborn stains on your grout. Use two-parts baking soda and one-part water to make a paste. Cover the grout lines with this paste and leave it overnight. Then you can spray it with the mild solution listed above. Once it stops foaming, scrub it with a brush and rinse with hot water.
For tougher stains, you can use diluted bleach or powder oxygen bleach. Apply it on the grout lines and let it work for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing. Steam mops are also an effective and environmentally friendly way to clean grout thoroughly.
Once the grout is clean, let it air dry for twenty-four hours. Every couple of years put a silicone-based grout sealer between your Adelaide tiles. It will make the grout more stain and dirt resistant.
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