Don't Be A Lout: The Beginner's Guide To Taking Care Of Grout


When cleaning your shower, bathroom, or any other place that has tiles, it can be easy to pay the most attention to the tiles themselves and to completely forget those tiny strips of grout holding them together. But ignoring your grout just leads to it degenerating and eventually separating from your tiles, ruining their staying power and creating areas where germs can collect. So if you're a newbie at cleaning grout and really have no idea where to start, then here's what you need to know to get every little strip shining like new.

Gather Your Tools

Because the stains on your grout could vary in their severity, you'll want to get a few different cleansers ready. First, fill a spray bottle with half warm water and half white vinegar. Then make sure that you have baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and some sort of stiff brush (preferably with a handle so your hands don't have to be as exposed to harsh chemicals). The last thing on your list of tools should be plenty of clean water for rinsing off the grout once you're done – if you're cleaning the shower or any place like it, you can just use the showerhead to do this part.

Start Low, Work High

As with any cleaning job, you'll want to start with the mildest cleaner and work your way up to harsher mixtures if that doesn't work. In this case, the softest cleanser is the water and vinegar mix; spray down an area of grout with the mixture until it's completely saturated, then wait five minutes before scrubbing it with your brush and rinsing. If that doesn't work, add the baking soda; apply a baking soda and water paste to the lines of grout, then spray with the vinegar mixture and scrub with your brush once the mixture starts foaming. If that doesn't do the trick, it's time to bring out the big gun – the hydrogen peroxide. Dab it onto the grout and scrub it with your brush, scrubbing for a minute or two before rinsing with clean water.

Keep It Up

Once the grout itself is clean, you'll probably want to have a long time in between cleaning sessions – and the best way to get that time is simply to maintain the clean you've achieved. Just spraying the vinegar mixture onto the grout and then wiping it down once a week can prevent stains from settling in and keep your grout white and shiny without having to spend hours on its upkeep.

For a good deep-clean you don't have to do yourself, contact a company like Fresh Start Cleaning.


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