Cleaning tile and grout can be a major pain, especially when in high traffic areas such as an entry way, mudroom, or even in the shower.  Though the tiles themselves are very durable and easy to clean, the grout that links them together is another story.  Grout, especially one that is not sealed, catches a lot of dirt and grime, and due to most grout being light colored it makes it very noticeable.  Thankfully, there are some tips that you can do that can make cleaning and maintaining your tile and grout a bit easier.


To start off, it is always best to use the least acidic cleaning solution to clean the tile and grout.  This type of cleaning solution is a mixture of a few items that are usually found in every household.  Here is what you will need:

  • Vinegar, distilled, white vinegar is just fine.
  • Baking Soda
  • 2 spray bottles {you can usually find one in the travel section for very cheap.}
  • A stiff brush, a grout brush, or an old toothbrush.
  • Small bowl
  • Hydrogen peroxide {optional}

The first step you do is simple mix a solution of half water and half vinegar in the spray bottle.  From there you generously spray all the tile and grout that you wish to clean.  Let this sit for approximately 5 minutes or so, and then you will take your choice of brush and start scrubbing in a circular motion.  Then rinse with warm water.


The next step is the baking soda.  You will mix the baking soda with water until it creates a paste.  From there, you will dip your scrub brush into the paste and proceed to scrubbing in a circular motion to dislodge all the dirt, mold, or grim from the grout.  After this, spray the whole area with your vinegar/water solution.  What the vinegar does is cause a chemical reaction to the baking soda that makes it bubble and work away all the dirt, soap scum, etc. from the grout.  Using your scrub brush, go over the grout one last time to get any remaining buildup in the grout, and then rinse again with warm water.


If you still have any remaining buildup or have any mildew this will bring in your optional hydrogen peroxide.  Pour hydrogen peroxide into another spray bottle and simple spray the area that wish.  From there, let it sit for just a few minutes and then with your scrub brush, scrub in circular motions.  If the stain is a very tough one, you may have to repeat this a few more times. If the stain is still being rather stubborn, there is one last option that you can do.  Grab another small bowl and mix both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in together to create another paste.  Apply this to the grout, let it set for a few minutes, and then scrub in circular motions with the scrub brush.  Finally, rinse with warm water.


If there are still quite a few stains and this process does not bring them out, the next step would be to try a cleaner that is specific to grout such as Lysol or a powder-based cleaner.  Sometimes even a steam cleaner can help bring out the stubborn grim.  In high traffic walking areas such as entryways, pathways, etc. tend to be harder to not only keep clean, but to clean as well.  It’s always recommended top hire a professional tile cleaning company to come out and clean and sealing the grout.  Hiring a professional not only helps with larger areas, but they know exactly what cleaners and sealants to use on your tiles and grout.


Please feel free to contact us today to schedule your appointment to polish your granite flooring or if you have any questions.

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Houston, TX 77092

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