How to Deep Clean Your Tile and Grout
Tile is beautiful and comes in all shapes and sizes, such as subway tile, large 18" x 18" square pieces, or even tiny penny tile. Tile can mimic stone or even wood and looks beautiful in just about any room of your home. The problem with tile is that the grout can get filthy and dirty over time, even in the cleanest of homes. This is because dirt and dust gets trapped in the grout and can stain it, especially if you have light-colored grout lines. Deep-cleaning your grout and your tile often will help keep it looking like new. See below for tips on how to deep-clean your tile and grout.
Here's What You Need:
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl or small bucket.
- Using a soft-bristle scrub brush or an old toothbrush, apply a small amount of the mixture to the scrub brush and begin scrubbing your tile and grout. Once the tile is clean, use a clean, damp rag to rinse the mixture off of your tile and grout.
- Watch the dirt, dust, and built-up scum on your tile disappear.
An alternative homemade cleaner you can use is white vinegar mixed with water (1:4 ratio), baking soda, and two tablespoons of dish soap. Mix the water and vinegar together into a spray bottle, and then add the two tablespoons of dish soap. On your grout lines sprinkle the baking soda and then spray the mixture onto the baking soda. Watch the mixture fizz and work it's magic for a few minute. Then take a toothbrush to get the dirt up from your grout and tile.
Use Clorox bleach to clean your grout lines by using the toilet-bowl cleaner on your grout. The small applicator tip helps get into the small grooves of your grout. Leave the cleaner on your grout lines for about 10 minutes before rinsing and wiping away the dirt from your grout lines, leaving your grout the color it's supposed to be.
Cleaning your tile and grout back to it's original look can be a big job to tackle on your own, especially if you have a lot of tile in your home. If this job is too big for you to do on your own, or if you'd rather not attempt it, hire a professional cleaner such as Leo's Holland Floor Maintenance to deep-clean your tile and grout for you.