Grouting Floor Tiles
Like most materials used today, grout has come from ancient Romans. After being mixed with sand, clay and water, this powder resulted in a resilient seal between the ground below and the tile. Grout today is a more complex mix of mentioned above plus epoxy, hardening agents, sealant and dyes. Today’s modern materials have been made so simple that perhaps only water is to be added for installation.
Once you have installed your tile floors, time to grout their entire surface will come someday. But this process is of no difficulty if once completed.
Regular grout cleaning:
- Keeps grime, bacteria and germs out of your home.
- It protects against discoloration.
- Helps tiles not to get broken down by moisture, mildew and mold.
So, if you are tired of cleaning either grout or tile, learn more about both how to make grout cleaning easy and fun and about different tile/grout cleaning tools. As far as tiled areas are to be the most beautiful ones in your home, here are 8 simple tips to clean grout on tiled floors and keep them looking like they’re brand new.
1. Maintain and clean your tiles regularly. Wash kitchen tiled areas at least 2-3 times per week, as food and other dirt particles will build up in the grout quickly. Shower and bath tiles should be cleaned 1-2 times a week and this will prevent any build-up of soap scum, dirt and mildew.
2. Use a 1:1 ratio of water/vinegar solution with 2- 3 tablespoons of baking soda per quart of water. Spray it on tiled floor areas and leave for 10 minutes, then scrub it with a grout brush/old toothbrush. After that rinse with water and dry thoroughly. You may make the mixture heavier by adding more baking soda.
3. Use such tools as a heavy duty grout brush or a scraper for hard to reach areas around the sink/bath fixtures. First, wet down the whole tile area, and scrub the grout in a few minutes. Rinse well and dry with an old towel then. For extra power use baking soda or soap on the toothbrush.
4. Don’t use hard chemicals but mild solutions (lemon juice/one to one vinegar/plain water/commercial cleaners), because the first ones actually destroy the grout tile.
5. Use rugs for much traffic areas (the front door/in front of the kitchen sink) as the dirt cannot easily get into the grout with a mat.
6. Use bleach for whitening or brightening grout and tiles by letting it sit on the area for 10 minutes, then rinse it with water and dry after that.
7. Seal your grout to keep grime and dirt from getting trapped.
8. Fresh lemon juice is a good stain remover in grout. Just place a few drops on the tile floor and wipe it dry in 10 min. Besides, disinfectant lemon juice will make your home invigorating and fresh.
P.S. For a quick clean: put ½ cup of vinegar/bleach down sink, bath and shower so as to prevent excessive build up of different dirt/greases that clog drains or use any supermarket variety.
And at last, have fun grouting floor tile cleaning and relax in your shining clean house.