Cleaning your tile grout is one of the most tedious jobs around the house. It's hard to find a cleaner that can get down and dirty with the dirt that has built up on your grout. Even harder is finding one that is both safe and effective. With Spring cleaning waiting just around the corner you want to find a grout cleaner that will leave your tile floors looking better than ever. Below is a list of safe and effective homemade recipes that will go above and beyond the call of duty when getting your tile grout looking like new.
Baking Soda, Vinegar and Salt
A combination of baking soda, apple cider vinegar and salt is a powerful combination when it comes to deep cleaning things around the house. Baking soda works like bleach and will remove hard stains. Apple cider vinegar is a mild acid and will work with the baking soda to uproot the dirt that has been building up on the grout. These two ingredients, mixed with the salt that acts like a mild buffer, will remove hard stains and buildup in no time.
For this recipe, you will need:
¼ cup of baking soda
¼ cup of vinegar
¼ cup of salt
Step 1: Mix the three ingredients in a small bowl until it forms a thick paste.
Step 2: Apply the mixture to your grout and let it set in for twenty minutes, but don't let it dry. If you let this solution dry, it will be harder to wash away.
Step 3: With an old toothbrush or a soft bristled scrub brush, wash away the paste using lukewarm water. Using a circular motion to scrub the paste away with ensure you are not just spreading the dirt to other places, making for an easier clean up.
Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
These three ingredients can be make into a paste and applied to the grout. Like the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a bleach and will only add to the cleaning strength of the baking soda. Lemons are high in acid so it will help to dissolve the dirt particles on your grout.
For this grout cleaning recipe, you will need:
¼ of hydrogen peroxide
1 cup of backing soda
½ cup of lemon juice
Step 1: Mix together the ingredients until they form a paste
Step 2: Apply the paste to your grout and let it set for about five minutes. You don't want to let this solution stay on for too long because the hydrogen peroxide is very powerful and may cause damage to your grout if left in contact for long periods of time.
Step 3: Remove the paste with a lukewarm washcloth.
Bleach, Alcohol and Water
This grout cleaning solution is great for a few different reasons. The bleach won't just give your grout a cleaner and newer looking appearance, it will also kill any germs and fungus that are growing on your tile. Likewise, the alcohol will work to sanitize the area that is being cleaned.
For this recipe, you will need:
¼ cup of bleach
¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
1 cup of water
Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake vigorously until all ingredients are blended well.
Step 2: Spray the grout liberally until it is soaked in the solution.
Step 3: Let the solution sit for thirty minutes before wiping away with a lukewarm washcloth.
Spring cleaning is just around the corner and that means that you will have to treat your grout with a little tender, loving care. It can be such a monotonous task if you don't have a cleaner that is up for the task. With one of the homemade recipes listed above, you can have clean and new looking grout in no time. If you'd rather hire a professional though, consider reaching out to local companies like Leo's Holland Floor Maintenance.