If you noticed your grout isn’t as bright as it used to be, then you may want to take the time to deep clean it. Deep cleaning your grout seems like a lot of work, but it’s actually quite easy and there are a few methods on how to do it.
What You Need
- Grout cleaner (you can DIY some at home!)
- Vacuum & Mop
There are store-bought grout cleaners that work great, but you can also use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda if you don’t want harsh chemicals in your home. Always wear gloves while cleaning to protect your skin. Grout is porous, so you’ll need the toothbrush to scrub to make it sparkling clean.
If you’re using a store-bought cleaner, always follow the handling instructions on the package—they are there for a reason!
The best DIY cleaner for grout is hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. You may find other DIY recipes online, but this one always works the best. Using anything acidic like vinegar or lemon juice can actually corrode your grout.
To remove the most stubborn stains, consider having the floors steamed by a professional or contact RCH Cleaning for help. Steam cleaning can remove dirt and mildew, but it can also remove the grout sealant, so you’ll need to reseal the grout when it’s done. Ask the professional steamers if they include resealing the grout as part of their procedure.
The Cleaning Process
To start, you should vacuum or sweep the area to pick up larger particles of dirt and debris from the floor. You can also take a wet rag and wipe down the area to pick up surface dirt.
If you’re using a store-bought grout cleaner, follow the directions on the package.
If you’re creating the mixture that you’ll apply to the grout, mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until it’s paste-like or a consistency you can work with. Use more baking soda for a thicker paste and more hydrogen peroxide for a runnier paste. It’s all up to your preferences. Apply the paste to the grout and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
After the mixture has been sitting on the grout for a bit, you’ll want to take out a toothbrush and start scrubbing. The action of scrubbing will help release the dirt that seeped into the pores of the grout and make it extra clean.
When you’re done scrubbing, wipe all the paste or cleaner up so there’s no excess left behind. You’ll want to mop or wipe down the area with water to make sure there’s no residue from the cleaner.
Your grout is now clean! You can make sure your grout stays cleaner long by spraying rubbing alcohol periodically on the grout to kill any germs or mildew spores. Regular cleaning prevents excessive buildup so you don’t have to work as hard deep cleaning the next time.
Consider Hiring RCH Professional Cleaning
RCH Professional Cleaning specializes in thorough cleaning services for homes and businesses in Southwest Missouri. We’ll visit your home and complete a customized cleaning plan for you. Contact RCH Cleaning today or call 417-763-8365 for more information on what we do!