The once-white grout lines between your ceramic tiles may now seem grey, dark, or black if you haven’t kept up with grout maintenance. Dirt, food particles, and—in the case of shower tile grout—mould—all contribute to the discolouration. Do you want to restore the appearance of your tiles? Here are some tips on cleaning tile and grout in Brisbane.
How to clean grout
Grout is a mixture of sodium hydroxide (lye), silica sand, and water; to remove grout, you want to break down the natural materials of the grout. Mix 4 tablespoons of white vinegar with 1/2 gallon of water in a large container. Place the container in a plastic bag and add some grout-cleaning pads and a small amount of bleach. Leave the bag in your refrigerator overnight. While you’re waiting for the grout mixture to chill, you can put your cleaning products into a plastic spray bottle and shake. After you’ve waited overnight, take the bag out of the refrigerator and pour the grout cleaning mixture on the bag, mixing in the pads and bleach, then thoroughly scrubbing until the grout is clean and bleach-free.
Methods to clean grout
Using a color-safe laundry detergent and water, you can remove any discolouration from shower tile grout. You can also use a combination of hydrogen peroxide and warm water to clean your shower tile grout. To restore the condition of your shower tile grout, you can add a mineral rich powder or flour to the grout to restore the dirt-and-mould-fighting properties and replace any scum build-up. Do not use any abrasive cleaners on your shower tile grout, as this can scratch or chip the grout and remove the benefits of your cleaning process. Use mineral or organic cleaners only. NEVER use bleach or any other chemical cleaners. Make sure you do not leave grout open to the elements. Avoid pulling the tile grout off of the walls or floor. Don’t over apply, otherwise it can harm your grout.
To do this, scrub your grout clean by using a toothbrush. Dip the brush into the grout tray and swish it around to loosen the grout particles that are sitting on the tile’s surface. With the tile damp, scrape the grout into the sink and run water over it. Your goal is to get as much grout off as possible without soaking your tiles. To make it less likely that grout will dry too quickly, let the grout dry at room temperature or more. You can remove the need for an assembly line of cleaning by loading all the tools into a bucket and using a handheld spray attachment or a DIY spray bottle to lather the tiles. It might be worth investing in a tile cleaner than your cleaning supplies to help you remove old grout.
These are the grout maintenance practices you need to follow to have a clean and clean white shower tile grout line in the future. With this practice, you’ll make your tile grout white and clean again.