Natural Grout Cleaning
Are you tired of dirty grout spoiling the appearance of your tile floors? Did you know you can clean them quickly and easily with natural products from your refrigerator? By following a few simple steps, you can get your tile floors clean and keep them looking like new for years to come.
To begin cleaning your grout, fill a spray bottle half full with water. Add an equal amount of vinegar, and spray the mixture onto the grout. Wait at least 15 minutes, and scrub the grout with a toothbrush.
If your toothbrush is too soft, then try a grout brush. Never use a wire brush or anything that could chip the grout or scratch the tile. If you need to strengthen the cleaning solution, then add baking soda.
If you’re not having any luck with water, vinegar and baking soda, then try lemon juice. It not only makes your home smell nice but disinfects as well. Just apply it, wait 15 minutes, and wipe it dry.
If your grout is so dirty that no amount of scrubbing will clean it, then it’s time to consider other options. Since replacing an entire floor can be expensive, you may prefer to replace the grout instead. To remove grout, you’ll need a grout saw or rotary power tool, protective eyewear and rubber gloves.
Applying New Grout
Whether you’re mixing the grout yourself or using pre-mixed grout, you can apply it with your finger, but you’ll need a grout float to make it look nice. Wait a few minutes until the grout sets, and press it into the joints with the grout float. Once the grout begins to harden, wipe it with a sponge, and let it dry for 24 hours.
To prevent dirt from building up and ruining your tile floors, remember to seal your new grout with a commercial sealer. Make sure your exhaust fans are working properly, and check your tile for cracks. The last thing you want is for moisture to reach your drywall or subfloor.