Tips For Cleaning Grout
By Tiffany Smolick
Top remodelers know the grout for your NYC home can make or break the overall look of your space. Because of the importance of this small design feature, taking care of your grout is essential to maintaining your aesthetic. The tiny crevices between the tiles of your kitchen and bath are prone to mold, mildew and dirt of all kinds. You should be focusing on keeping this area pristine in order to preserve the life of the grout and the value of your home. It seems like a menial chore, but it’s so worth it! Below are a few simple suggestions for cleaning the grout in your home.
Traditional Grout Cleaner
There is nothing wrong with taking a quick trip to your local home improvement store and buying a bottle of cleaner specifically formulated for grout. Simple, easy and will most likely get the job done. Make sure to wear gloves and not mix chemicals! You should rinse and wipe down the area after the cleaning is complete. This way you can avoid chemical residue and harsh fumes lingering. Mop your floors or give the backsplash a sponge bath before the day is done.
Homemade Grout Cleaner
For those wanting to save some money or save their nostrils from inhaling chemicals, you’re in luck! It is completely possible to craft an effective grout cleaner from supplies you already have at home. Use one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts baking soda to concoct a simple cleaning solution. You can add a small amount of dish soap as well if you need a little boost in your cleaning results. This paste mixture is perfect for those ready to get nitty gritty on their grout with a toothbrush.
TIP: Use one tablespoon hydrogren periocide to two tablespoon baking soda to create at DIY grout cleaner!
How NOT To Clean Grout
While it seems the most direct method, bleach enthusiasts beware. Using bleach to clean anything other than white grout will result in discoloration. Along the same lines, acidic cleaners will also dissolve grout and compromise the compound’s integrity.
Steam cleaning is possible, but make sure to follow up with a sealant afterwards because steam will remove the sealant along with dirt.
Make Grout Cleaning A Weekly Chore
Undesirable substances build up in grout frequently. Even if you cannot see the mold or mildew, it’s definitely starting to fester. Prevent unsightly discoloration and potential mold-related illness by scrubbing grout regularly. This is especially true for homeowners that chose stylish dark-colored grout in their homes. Harmful substances are easily disguised in dark grout.
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