How to clean grout lines.
If you have traditional
cementitious grout you may have a problem
cleaning it at times. Today there are stain
resistant grouts that are improving everyday
and can make your tile installation worry
free. But, if you have traditional grout you
want to clean I can offer some suggestions.
Marion Tile & Flooring has cleaning
and maintenance products in stock at our
location. If; however, you want to try some
home remedies let me let you in on some I
Baking Soda: First dampen
the area with a sponge and then sprinkle
baking soda over the grout. Let it set in
for a few minutes and then use nylon brush
to scrub away at it. If you love this
solution you may want to keep your baking
soda in a spice shaker to make the
sprinkling of the baking soda simple. Just
make sure you properly identify the spice
shaker as you might not find it too tasty
sprinkled on your spaghetti dinner.
Chlorine Bleach and Time : (For White Tile
and Grout) Find an empty spray bottle and
mix 1 part bleach with 1 part water. Just
before bedtime spray the grout. Allow to
stand for 2 weeks and any mold should
Oxygen Bleach and Time:
For all colors of tile and grout. Powdered
Oxygen Bleach has one distinct advantage
over Chlorine Bleach- it doesn’t mess with
colors. The disadvantage is that it takes
time for the oxygen to react. The longer you
let the oxygen ions work at the stain the
less work you’ll need to do scrubbing.
Mix any high-quality oxygen bleach
powder with warm water and stir it until it
dissolves. Then pour the solution onto the
floor so the grout lines are flooded. Let
the solution sit for 30 mins and then scrub
lightly and pour some more solution onto the
grout. The oxygen ions will work diligently
on your stubborn stains for up to 6 hours
and it does a nice job of removing red wine
stains, beet juice, and some of the most
stubborn stains your grout will ever
encounter. DID YOU KNOW? Mold and Mildew
require 2 things to survive: Moisture and a
LACK of Air! Now that you know why you
always find mold growing inside of the
fridge and not outside. If your bathroom
isn’t well ventilated, think of your
bathroom as the innards of a fridge.
Hydrogen Peroxide Hydrogen Peroxide has a
tendency to discolor things (especially
fabrics), but it does a wonderful job of
disinfecting. Dilute with water and spray it
on, let it sit for 15 min, the wipe clean.
Warning…do not use with bleach.
White Vinegar dilute with 2 parts vinegar, 1
part water. Spray it on, let stand for 15
min, then wipe clean with damp sponge.
Hopefully you may find some value and
use of these home remedies. If , however,
you are not into all this hard work call
Marion Tile & Flooring and we will come take
care of all your maintenance concerns.
Thanks, Tim Marion