What’s the best way to clean grout and tile? Do we need to clean the grout separately/specifically?
For ceramic tile, a manufacturer-recommended mild detergent works best. Never use abrasive products, as they can scratch the tile, or bleach or ammonia-based cleaners, which can discolor the grout.
For cleaning natural stone tile, also follow manufacturer’s instructions, which likely will call for a soap-based product. Again, never use abrasive products or bleach or ammonia-based cleaners. Also do not use lemon juice, vinegar or other acids on marble, limestone or travertine. Mix the cleaning product according to manufacturer’s recommendations and keep a soft brush ready to tackle stubborn stains.
For grout, the potential for built up dirt and bacteria that may be accumulating needs regular cleaning attention. Typical grout needs to be cleaned every four to six months, but can stay clean longer with proper technique and sealant.
There’s an assortment of options in getting the grime out of your grout. Homemade solutions include baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and even shaving cream! Any common household grout cleaner should do the trick as well. But if you have small children or pets, we recommend using oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is a non-toxic, fume-free alternative to chlorine that will kill bacteria and brighten your tile at the same time.
Using a spray bottle filled with water, wet your grout. Next, spoon your oxygen bleach along the grout to create a paste-like consistency. After your oxygen bleach and water paste is on your grout, practice the art of patience. Spend fifteen minutes on something else: meditate, run around the block, make a pot of coffee, or even cut coupons. The point is to let the oxygen bleach work its magic. After fifteen minutes or so, come back with an old toothbrush or grout brush and you’ll be amazed at how easy the dirt and mildew wipe away.
Rinse the now brown, possibly black, oxygen bleach solution away with a damp cotton cloth and your grout should now be as good as new. You could even find your grout a color you’ve never seen it! To keep your grout mildew and dirt free for longer, make sure you treat your tile floor with a grout sealant once a year. Keep in mind, however, that sealed grout will still need cleaning about every six months.
Still need help with cleaning? No problem! Combine these tips with Molly Maid’s cleaning service to ensure a fresh smelling home. Request an estimate from your local Molly Maid or call 888-583-6490!