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Tim the Tileman

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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 have tried:

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 disappear.

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

 

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4719 Pleasant Garden Road  Pleasant Garden  NC  27313
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Floor sales: Tile  Natural Stone  Carpet  Hardwood  Vinyl  Serving: Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem Triad NC