Cleaning Grout

by Dallas Maids - March 15, 2013

Out of all of the bathroom cleaning tasks it seems like cleaning the grout is one that people struggle the most with. If you have classic white grout in normal condition you just need to give it a good scrub with a grout brush and a heavy duty cleaning product. Rinse it well and voila you are done.  If you have colored grout, old grout or mildew stains then you should follow our step by step instructions for your specific grout problem. In this episode we will teach you how to successfully clean different kinds of grout so that you too can be a grout guru.

Old Grout

If your grout has seen better days not to worry, you can give it new life with a few simple steps. First you will need to clean the grout with either a wax stripper or a heavy-duty cleaner. Use a grout brush to scrub it thoroughly. If you run into any really tough stains you can use a bleaching cleanser on the affected grout. Once the grout is as clean as you can get it, make sure you rinse it completely to remove product residues. Let it dry completely then apply a masonry sealer over the dry grout so it won’t stain so easily in the future.

Colored Grout

You should avoid using bleach based products on colored grout. Instead use a heavy duty cleaner and scrub the grout with your grout brush to get it as clean as possible. For any super stubborn stains you can use a one part bleach to five parts water mixture but just be aware that this could possibly affect the color of your grout. Again, rinse it well and let it dry before applying a masonry sealer to make future cleanings a piece of cake.

Mildew Stains

Mildew is not only unsightly, it’s unhealthy! Luckily it’s not impossible to get rid of mildew stains on your grout, you just need to mix a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 5 parts plain water. Apply the solution to the entire affected area and scrub it with a grout brush until the stains disappear. Once you’re finished, make sure to rinse the area very thoroughly to remove any leftover traces of bleach.

Well, that’s it for this edition of Clean Freaks and as always: if it sounds like too much work just call Dallas Maids!

 

 

 



 
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