Various Kinds of Organic Grout Cleaners
Whenever using grout cleaners, it is a good idea to try milder products first, only using the harsher ones if the first do not get the grout totally clean. Harsh chemicals may harm grout and tiles with repeated use. Clean grout using the first group and start working on the next ones as necessary. No matter which cleaner you are using, always try cleaning a small area initially to ensure it does not discolor or damage the grout or tile.
Mild Grout Cleaners:
These are all light cleaners that are good to use even on unsealed grout.
Baking soda: When converted into a paste with a little water or vinegar, baking soda is an excellent grout cleaner. Simply dab it on, scrub in circles, rinse and then dry. For greater cleaning, try leaving the paste on for a few minutes prior to scrubbing. You can also make a paste using 1/3 each of baking soda, salt as well as vinegar. Adding salt helps the cleaner get into all the little crevices and spots that may be in the grout. Make sure you rinse and dry when you are done.
Lemon juice: Grout can discolor and stain eventually, and those areas often need extra attention. Lemon juice does an admirable job removing many grout stains and discolorations. Apply the lemon juice to the affected area, allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes and then wipe it off using a damp sponge. If staining persists, try cleaning it or try the lemon juice again prior to using a harsher product.
Vinegar: Used for day-to-day cleaning and as a general purpose cleaner or a disinfectant. Vinegar is actually quite often used as a mild cleaner. Due to the fact that vinegar is a very mild cleaner, it should also be interspersed in using another stronger grout cleaner in order to yield the greatest results. Vinegar may be diluted with equal parts water or applied full-strength. Pour vinegar or a vinegar-water solution into a spray bottle and then spray the grout. With regard to disinfecting, let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub using a medium-weight, non-metal brush. The bristles has to be stiff, but not too hard – you don’t want to damage the grout or tiles. Scrub in circles instead of straight lines for a more thorough cleaning. Rinse using a mop or wet sponge, followed by drying with a towel.
Milder Chemical Cleaners:
Each one of these contain some chemicals but are not as harsh as the next group. Whenever using any of these products, be sure to keep the area well-ventilated, wear gloves and keep to the directions on the bottle.
Bleach: Dilute the bleach with water – 1 part bleach to 3 parts water – prior to cleaning with it. Bleach is particularly good for removing mold and mildew. It kills the mold and disinfects it as well. It also eliminates stains and discolorations out of white grout. Avoid the use of bleach on colored grout – it will discolor the grout. Use caution when using bleach and any other cleaners, especially those containing ammonia.
Common Household Cleaners: Basic household cleaners that you commonly use can be effective cleaners. Many contain bleach, providing the advantages associated with bleach with another clean without mixing them. Whenever using a powder-based product, make sure it is non-abrasive and will not damage the grout or scratch the tile. Use just like other products, making sure to rinse extra well.
Harsher Chemical Cleaners:
These would be best to use when other products have not proved helpful. They are good for occasional, heavy-duty cleaning when it is needed. At all times read all directions carefully prior to starting, keep the room well-ventilated and use gloves and protective eyewear when cleaning using any of these products.
Commercial Grout Cleaners: These are intended specifically for cleaning grout and can be bought at stores that sell household cleaners. Choose products that are designed for what you need – general cleaning, disinfecting, removing stains and discolorations, doing away with mold and mildew, etc. Products that are pH-balanced will be the mildest and best for tile and grout cleaning. Some others can erode the grout with repeated use. Avoid colored cleaners on white grout because they possibly can discolor the grout. Attentively follow all the directions on the container. Generally, they are applied and permitted to remain on the grout for a few minutes prior to cleaning and then rinsing.
Professional Grout Cleaners: Designed to give you the most heavy-duty cleaning available, these products contain the harshest chemicals. You’ll find them at hardware or janitor supply stores. Use caution when using and storing these cleaners. Before using these tough chemicals, you might want to consider renting a steam cleaner like the professionals use to see if it can get the grout cleaning done without having to use strong chemicals.
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