Are you having issues with your tile looking lackluster? Is the grout dingy, even though you are a certified scrubbing master? Don’t beat yourself up, Clorox Queen. Grout can be difficult to maintain, regardless of what cleaning agent you are using from the local supermarket. Regardless of what type of mop you are using on your floors – it’s time to review some other cleaning tips when it comes to willing your grout to pristine cleanliness.
Grout and What it Does
Basically, grout goes in between tiles to help bind it together and help the tile from chipping. It adds strength and resiliency to the tile layout. Without it, the tiles would chip and slide, and no one wants that! There are basically two types of grout: sanded and unsanded. However, we are seeing new types making an appearance, even some with sheen or glitter in it to add extra sparkle!
So how do I keep my grout from going dingy? There are a few options to consider.
Go a Little Darker
If you already know that it will be difficult to maintain a tiled area, darker filler is a good choice. There are thousands of ideas on Houzz and Pinterest that feature layouts and examples of this trend. Paired with light tile, dark grout can be a neat option, especially if the tiles have a unique shape.
Sign, Sealed, Delivered
Ensure your tile is sealed in order to protect the longevity of the grout’s cleanliness. This runs especially true in bathrooms or kitchen sink areas because it helps protect against water damage, such as mildew and mold. Unsealed grout is more apt for staining as well, so be cautious.
Clean it Correctly
There’s a simple and gentle way to clean grout regularly and keep it fresher, longer. Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half warm water. Spray on the tile, focusing on the grout lines, and then let it sit for about 5 minutes. Scrub with a stiff brush. If you need a really deep clean, create a paste of baking soda and water, spread in the lines, then spray the vinegar concoction onto it. Wait 10 minutes then scrub with a soft brush and wipe clean with a cloth dampened in fresh water.
We hope these tips work out well for you!