Grout gets gross, no matter where it is. Foot traffic, dirt, dust, mold and spills can make your once-clean grout look less than appealing. However, there’s still hope. Even stained grout can be restored—it just takes a lot of elbow grease and patience. Read on to find out how to cleaned stained grout in your own home or office. If you’re not up for doing your own tile and grout cleaning, just call the pros for help—the experts at Valley Carpet Cleaning can do the dirty work for you.
Before you begin
As a general rule, you should always try the mildest cleaning solutions first, then move on to heavier-duty options. You can always test the cleaner on a hidden area of the grout to ensure it won’t damage the color or structural integrity.
Before you start, gather your supplies. You’ll need a stiff-bristled brush, spray bottle and a steam mop (if you have one). You may also use hydrogen peroxide, commercial grout cleaner, vinegar, baking soda or oxygen or chlorine bleach.
Cleaning your grout
You may not need to try all of these steps to remove stains—but do remember to rinse thoroughly before trying another method:
- Scrub the grout first: Grab your brush and some warm water. Spray the water on the grout, then scrub, using a circular motion. This will at least remove surface dirt and debris. Allow to dry.
- Soak with vinegar and water: If the grout is still dirty, you can soak it with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and warm water. Let sit for five minutes, then scrub again.
- Try a baking soda paste: Should the stains persist, make a paste out of baking soda and water. Apply to the grout lines, then spray with the vinegar solution above. When it stops foaming, scrub and rinse.
- Move on to hydrogen peroxide: Apply hydrogen peroxide to moderate stains—you can either apply it directly to the grout (better for floors) or make a paste with baking soda (better for walls).
- Give oxygen bleach a shot: If peroxide can’t get rid of your stains, oxygen bleach—like OxiClean and related products—may help. Open the doors and windows in the room and apply as directed on the package. Let sit for 15 minutes, scrub and rinse.
- Use a commercial grout cleaner: Commercial grout cleaners may also help. We prefer the type that requires scrubbing—it’s less likely to damage the grout.
- If all else fails, use chlorine bleach sparingly: If nothing else is working, use a very small amount of chlorine bleach to remove stains. Rinse thoroughly. Make sure you’re wearing old clothes while you work.
- Get out the steam mop: Finally, if you have a steam mop, you can try cleaning your grout that way.
When all else fails, it’s time to call in the pros. Thankfully, Valley Carpet Cleaning specializes in tile and grout cleaning, so you can leave the elbow grease to us. Get in touch with us today to get started.
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