One difficult part of being a homeowner is keeping the grout from the tiles tiles sparkly and clean. Because this grout is porous and light-colored, it is prone to stains and water damage. New grout will darken, mildew, and crack if not cleaned and maintained properly.
From cleaning to a replacement, here’s how to look after your grout. Maintaining the cleanliness of your grout will help it last longer and save you time and money by avoiding the need for premature grout repair.
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Weekly Grout Cleaning:
Wipe and spritz your tiles weekly to keep them clean and prevent discoloration and damage. It may frustrate you at first, but it will save you a lot of work in the long run.
Using a basic vinegar and water solution, softly spritz your tile and glass weekly to keep them clean. This will help to clean your tiles and cut down on future scrubbing time. This does not prevent the need for deep cleanings.
To keep your grout looking beautiful, deep clean it at least once a month, even if your tiles are sparkling. Grit and dirt will attach to surfaces regardless of your cleaning efforts.
There are a variety of cleansers on the market, so try a few and see which one you prefer.
Or use a homemade water and baking soda paste to clean and protect your grout monthly. Rinse well with clean water after pushing it into the grout with a grout brush or an old toothbrush.
If your grout is stained more than usual, use hydrogen peroxide instead of water to clean it. If you use the shower daily, properly rinse it with vinegar before applying hydrogen peroxide to the grout.
Cleaning Of A Heavily Stained Grout:
Grout might become so filthy due to many factors that regular cleaning or baking soda paste will no longer suffice. This is a time that you may want to call in a professional to help.
Most people don’t know that grout needs to be resealed once a year. After a deep cleaning is performed, it’s a perfect time to reseal. The chemicals used to seal grout can be toxic and you should leave your home for a few hours after this is done.
Repairing Permanent Stains and Grout:
If none of the following treatments work, you might want to pursue grout rejuvenation rather than replacing the entire grout line. Consider a color-enhancing product that protects your grout from future stains and extends its life.
Grout Replacement Instructions:
It’s time to replace the grout if it’s flaked, cracked, or falling apart. If you do find this type of grout breakage, fix it before water seeps into your floors or walls and does significant damage.
In conclusion, you should be able to perform periodic grout cleanings yourself. If you want to extend the life and look of your tile, you should hire a professional once a year.
Tile grout cleaning is one of our specialities at Angel Dry and we would be more than happy to schedule your cleaning today!