Nomatter how much effort you put forth on preventing the mildew and mold, white grouts tend to change dingy and discolored starting from the corner area and then gradually spreading along edges.
For most types of tiles, including porcelain and ceramics, DIY grout cleaners made with warm water and dishwashing liquid will work. Diluted vinegar is often recommended as vinegar is very acidic. The solution, if too strong, can weaken and damage the grout, and the vinegar can etch the stone tiles. Instead, spray it with a mild solution of water and dishwashing detergent and then moisten it. Wipe with a microfiber cloth or cloth.
The bathroom may be treating not only surface stains and debris, but also soap scum, which is difficult to remove. Spray a surface cleaner on the tile floor and shower wall and turn on the hot water for 5 minutes until steam is generated, let’s make it easy for yourself. After waiting 20 minutes, the tiles will be very easy to wipe with a cloth.
It’s time to pay attention to the joints between those clean tiles. How dirty the grout is depends on the material of the grout. Traditional grout is a mixture of sand and cement, but recent options include latex and other polymers to increase stain resistance. No matter what dirt you are facing, water and patience will be your two best tools. Start by spraying the grout with boiling water and rubbing it with a bristle brush or grout brush to clean the surface. Keeping a steam cleaner handy turns out to be very effective. Apply steam directly to the grout and then rub it in a circular motion with a brush.
Water has a neutral pH (7) and is very mild and safe against grout. This does not apply to strong acid cleaners (eg vinegar with a pH of about 2) and strong alkaline cleaners (eg bleach with a pH of about 12) and should be used sparingly.
If the grout still looks dull, use a neutral pH cleaner. Then take the stiff brush again and scrub it again. A magic eraser can also quickly remove stubborn stains, but I know that you may need to go through multiple stains to make a room full of tiles shiny. After scrubbing, use a damp sponge or microfiber cloth to remove any remaining grout cleaner.
A hot and humid bathroom with restricted circulation is a dream environment for mold spores. Bleach is effective in killing mold on non-porous surfaces such as tiles and countertops, but not so effective on porous surfaces such as grout, drywall, wood and grout.
The sealer fills the pores of the mortar and prevents dirt, gravel and mold from penetrating the porous material. The frequency with which a joint needs to be sealed depends on the amount of traffic the tiled area gets, but the goal is at least once a year.
If you find that certain areas of the tile floor are particularly dirty. For example, near the back door or laundry basket, consider placing a rug to better protect those areas from dirt and debris, or get in the habit of cleaning and wiping more often.
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