Grout is a mixture of water, sand and cement, it’s what keeps ceramic tiles in position, and prevents water from penetrating the spaces around the tiles. Mould and mildew can easily grow on the grout between the tiles, which doesn’t just look unsightly but it can affect your health too. Here we share some top tips on how to clean grout.
How to clean grout using vinegar and ammonia
Step 1 – before starting to clean the grout, clean and wipe down tile surfaces, this gets the top layer of dirt off and makes the task a bit easier.
Step 2 – Create the vinegar and ammonia solution by mixing seven cups of warm water, half a cup of baking soda, third of a cup of ammonia and a quarter cup of white vinegar in a bucket. Then, allow the solution to mix together ensuring that the baking soda is dissolved.
Step 3 – Next, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake the solution.
Step 4 – Spray the grout with the solution on a small area, and allow the mixture to set for approximately three to five minutes so that it works into the grout.
Step 5 – Use a hard bristled cleaning brush or an old toothbrush and start scrubbing, make sure that you put some elbow grease into it to really get into the dirt between the tiles. Focus on removing the dirt and dark areas of the grout so the white is exposed. Continue spraying the mixture onto small areas and repeat the process until you have cleaned the affected areas.
How to maintain grout
To avoid having to do a deep clean too often make sure that you treat small stains on a regular basis.
Using a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste is another effective method for cleaning grout. Once you have created the paste rub it into the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and use an old toothbrush to scrub it away.
Keeping your bathroom well ventilated is essential for preventing mould and mildew from forming. Open a window to let the steam out, or get an extractor fan fitted and keep it switched on during and after a bath or shower.
If the grout is old and starts to crack and crumble, it’s a sign that it needs replacing. Old grout that’s cracked allows moisture to seep in, so it’s definitely worth re-grouting.