Tile, and more specifically grout, seems to be one of the more difficult materials to clean within our homes. Due to grouts porous nature, it is easily susceptible to mildew, mold, bacteria and soap build up.
Orange County Steam Masters would like to offer some tips on cleaning the tile and grout found in our homes.
We will include a few different methods on cleaning grout and tile, but always conduct a patch test in an inconspicuous area with any home remedy or commercial product to ensure the grouts integrity and color isn’t compromised.
Method #1 – Cleaning Tile Floors with Vinegar and Baking Soda
1. First, make a paste by mixing 3 parts baking soda to one part water. The paste should be fairly thick. Using your fingers, apply the paste to the grout lines. Allow to sit while preparing the next solution.
2. In a spray bottle, combine 1 part white vinegar and 1 part warm water. Spray the solution on top of the paste. Bubbling should transpire. Allow the 2 mixtures to work in harmony and start natural cleaning.
3. Allow the solution to work its magic until the bubbling has stopped, this usually takes 5 minutes or so. Scrub the grout with your nylon bristled brush and a designated cleaning tooth brush for the corners.
4. Rinse the area with cool water, either sponging the water on, or mopping if you are doing the floor to remove the cleaning residue and any residual dirt.
Method #2 – Cleaning Tile & Grout with Oxygenated Bleach
1. With 2 cups of warm water, dissolve 2 TBSP of oxygenated bleach in a bucket. Be sure to thoroughly mix before use. Prepare the mixture just before use for superior results.
2. Using a grid pattern, pour your solution on the grout, allow to set a few minutes and use a nylon brush or designated tooth brush to scrub the grout. Corners and edges tend to harbor most of the grit buildup. Be sure to be attentive in those areas.
3. If you have stubborn stains, sprinkle a bit of oxygenated bleach on the area and scrub as usual.
4. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, by either sponging or mopping with clear, clean water.
5. Towel dry.
Method #3 – Tile & Grout Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda & Dish Soap Cocktail
1. In a bucket, combine 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1 TBSP liquid dish detergent, should be more of paste after mixing.
– Baking soda will work as a natural abrasive to scrub the grout.
– Hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda releases bleaching oxygen ions.
– Dish soap helps loosen dirt and grease.
2. Apply the paste to the grout and allow to set for 5-10 minutes.
3. Scrub with a nylon brush or designated tooth brush in circular patterns. Scrub the grout, being attentive to the corners and edges.
4. After you have scrubbed to agitate the cleanser, allow to set for an additional 15 minutes.
5. Rinse with warm water thoroughly.
6. Towel dry.