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Grout and Tile Cleaning Made Easy
Nasty bacteria often likes to grow in places that are moist and warm, which is why it tends to love growing in your bathroom. With all the moisture and condensations that build up in your tub, it can be hard to keep your grout clean. Grout has a really porous surface, which makes it a really great little petri dish for bacteria, mold, and mildew.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways that we can make cleaning grout a little bit easier.
Five Easy Ways to Clean Grout
1. Keep it Simple on the Surface
You may think that you need to go straight into deep cleaning when you are dealing with grout, but that isn’t always the case. One of the best ways that you can get started with cleaning grout is by using some traditional vinegar.
We know that vinegar isn’t the favorite cleaning solution for most people. When you clean anything with vinegar it leaves a super potent smell that can be nauseating to a lot of people. One unique aspect about vinegar as a cleaning solution though is that once you get done drying it from the surface that you use it on, the smell will dissipate.
We recommend that you start cleaning by filling a scrubbing wand with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Mix it up as much as you can and scrub down the surface that you have grout on. To make the vinegar an even more powerful combination for cleaning grout, cover the grout lines with a paste of baking soda and water before applying the vinegar.
2. Use Bleach
Using bleach is another great way to clean deep down and kill all of the nasty bacteria that can grow on the hard surfaces of your tub and bathroom. Bleach on its own is a powerful solution for cleaning lots of different kinds of surfaces, and particularly effective at cleaning your bathroom.
Bleach combined with the power and the gritty texture of baking soda make it one of the best solutions you can use to clean the grout off of the moisture prone surfaces of your bathroom. Combine the two ingredients and generously apply the solution to the surfaces that you want to clean. Let the combination of bleach and baking soda sit for at least ten minutes, and then use an old or spare toothbrush to scrub down the surfaces and cracks that you coated – they will look sparkling clean when you are done scrubbing them down.
3. Use a Powerful Acid
If you are looking for another effective and incredibly powerful way to clean out your bathroom, you may want to look into an acidic cleaning solution. When you are dealing with the growth of bacteria on grout that you can’t seem to get rid of, it might be time to step your cleaning game up to the next level.
Sulfamic is not only an inexpensive cleaning solution, it is also one of the most effective tools that you can use to clean and kill bacteria on grout. Make sure that you consult an expert when cleaning with sulfamic acid, because this powerful solution should only be used in really persistent cases of bacteria growth. For cleaning, you really just need to water it down and scrub it in. Make sure that you are wearing protective gear for your hands and face when you are cleaning with sulfamic acid.
4. The Best Homemade Grout Solution
Hydrogen peroxide is an awesome cleaning solution for cuts and scrapes. It is also great for using as a mouthwash to clean and whiten your teeth. Did you know that hydrogen peroxide is also an awesome cleaning solution for getting rid of bacteria? Think of this solution as a different form of bleach. It has a similar strength and whitening component to bleach, but has a different chemical makeup that makes it great for cleaning in a variety of different scenarios. For cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, simply mix it with baking soda and stir it until it starts to become like a paste in texture. Use that old toothbrush and scrub down the surfaces of your bathroom with the solution for the maximum cleaning effect.
5. Use a Steam Cleaner
If you are looking for a totally chemical free way to clean grout, look no further than using a steam cleaner. Steamers heat water to boiling so that you can use piping hot steam to kill bacteria and stop it in its tracks. Make sure that you use a scrub brush to scrub it away.
Have any other questions about cleaning your bathroom or you flooring? Take a look at some of our other resources on all things flooring related on our blog!
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