An Easy And Effective Beginner's Guide To DIY Grout Cleaning
The beauty of wall/floor tiles is often overshadowed by grimy grout lines. Unfortunately, you can’t have tiling in your bathroom or kitchen without grout holding them together; therefore, your best bet is to learn how to clean these spaces between your tiles by yourself!
Before we share our step-by-step, beginner’s guide to do-it-yourself grout cleaning, you should know that this method must be carried out as carefully as possible to avoid damaging the grout. If you find gaps or chips, it is advisable to re-grout these spaces to ensure that tiles do not become loose over time.
Now, let’s get you geared up for a DIY grout cleaning project!
Things You’ll Need:
- Rubber Gloves
- Scrub Brush
- Tile Grout Brush or Old Toothbrush
- Tile Grout Cleaner
- Floor Cleaner
- Flat Mop (for floor tiles)
Round-up these items so that everything you need is within reach when you start cleaning your grout lines.
Step-By-Step DIY Grout Cleaning
For a beginner, these steps are easy-to-follow and very effective in removing dirt, grime, and stains. So, without further ado, here is our simple guide to grout cleaning.
Step #1: Clean the Tiles
Before you start cleaning the grout lines, you need to make sure that the tiles are clean. This is because dirt will get transferred to the grout as you go about cleaning, adding to your work. Therefore, it is best to quickly clean the tiles using a scrub brush or flat mop (depending on whether they are floor or wall tiles). Simply sprinkle a tile cleaner over the surface and scrub with a damp cleaning tool before rinsing them off.
Step #2: Apply the Grout Cleaner
Store-bought grout cleaners are made specifically for grout material in order to clean the lines without damaging it. They do not have any acidic content or harsh chemicals that will weaken the grout. To apply the grout cleaning solution, do the following:
- Put the gloves on
- Dip a sponge in the cleaner
- Squeeze it over the lines to dampen the grout
- Spread the cleaner to other lines using the sponge
After the grout cleaner has been applied, give it at least a minute to break down grime before moving on to the next step.
Step #3: Scrub the Grout
While a tile grout brush is the most effective cleaning tool to use to scrub between tiles, if you don’t have one, an old toothbrush will suffice. Dampen the toothbrush with water and gently scrub the grout. For stubborn grime or stains, dip the brush in a diluted solution of your cleaning product and brush over the area.
Step #4: Rinse Thoroughly
After the scrubbing is done, the last thing to do is rinse the cleaner off! The most thorough way to do this is by splashing mugs of water against the surface; however, this method is only practical in a bathroom setting. For a kitchen floor, use a wet flat mop to remove the cleaner. Be sure to go over the grout lines a couple of times so that there is no trace of the cleaner afterwards.
While the steps are simple, grout cleaning can be a tedious process for most homeowners. Therefore, keeping grout lines clean for longer periods is a great way to steer clear of this task for a couple of months!
Tips to Prevent Dirt and Grime Buildup on Tile Grout
There are a couple of things you can do to keep your grout lines clean. These measures require very little effort and save you the trouble of frequent grout cleaning.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Pay more attention to grout lines when cleaning your bathroom
- Keep tiles clean to reduce grout stains, and dirt and grime buildup
- Scrub grout lines at least once in two weeks to loosen dirt and grime before you clean the tiles
- Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe between tiles to kill bacteria that promote mould and mildew growth
- Spot clean stains before they set in and require a deep cleaning
- Always use clean tools to clean tiles
Dirty grout lines have a way of dragging down the cleanest of tiles which can be a real bummer. Don’t let this happen in your home by cleaning your tile grout when needed, and using the tips above to keep them free of dirt and grime!
Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.