When your tile floors are in need of a serious deep cleaning, it is always best to leave it to a professional to get the best results. However there are ways to maintain and keep your tile and grout clean until the next time you have your tile professionally cleaned. Heart of Texas Chem-Dry has a few methods on how you can keep your grout and tile clean without the need of an expensive cleaner.
How to Clean Grout on Tile Floors with Baking Soda & Vinegar
For this first method you will want to create a paste using baking soda and water. The paste will help break up the dirt and grease on the grout. To make the paste mix 1 to 3 parts water to baking soda. Then use your finger to apply the paste onto the grout lines. You can use your gloves if you want. However baking soda won’t affect your skin. While the baking soda sets on the grout, mix together vinegar and water, about half and half, into a spray bottle. Next spray the vinegar onto the paste. Once the vinegar meets the baking soda paste, it will begin to bubble and fizz. Use a grout cleaning brush to scrub the grout line while it is bubbling. Bear in mind this method should not be used on natural stone tile. This one is better for ceramic tile. After you’re done scrubbing the grout you can use a mop and water to mop up the rest of the floor.
Oxygen Bleach Grout Cleaner
For the second method to clean grout and tile, you will first want to mix together 2 tablespoons of oxygenated bleach with 2 cups of warm water. Note that this method can bleach the color out of some types of grout. Therefore, you may want to test the mixture in a discreet area first. Apply the mixture by pouring it directly onto the grout. With the same mixture in a separate container, and with a grout cleaning brush, use the separate bleach mixture to dip and rinse the brush as you clean the grout. Once again you can mop the floor using just water to clean the rest of the floor.
Cleaning Grout Between Floor Tiles with Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide
For this method you will make a paste using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Use ¾ of a cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of the hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap and mix them all together. Using a grout scrub brush, apply the paste onto the brush and scrub the grout. Don’t worry about scrubbing it completely clean. Just scrub enough to break up the dirt and grease a little bit. Let the paste soak on the grout for about 15 minutes. After the paste has had time to set in for the 15 minutes, rinse the paste with warm water and mop up the floor. Because of the liquid dish soap used in the paste, you may need to mop the floor twice to remove all of the soapy residue.
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These are some of the different methods you can choose from to suit your preferred cleaning methods. If you find your tile and grout is in need of a deep cleaning from a professional, Heart of Texas Chem-Dry provides grout and tile cleaning services. Contact Heart of Texas Chem-Dry, to make an appointment for us to come and clean your tile and grout today.