In this article, we’ll cover three ways you can clean your tile grout. Each of these methods has its pros and cons and will help you decide which method is right for you.
Oxygen Bleach (Oxi-Clean)
To clean your grout with oxygen bleach, simply add some of the powder with some boiling hot water, which will get the oxygen bubbles going. Apply the mixture to your grout lines with a cleaning toothbrush, making sure it’s really wet (don’t let it dry). Let the mixture sit for five to thirty minutes. Then remove the product with a damp microfiber cloth.
- Pro: Easy method using a product you probably already have.
- Cons: A two-step process – mix and apply, wait and then wipe off.
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Mix two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide and apply with a toothbrush. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two, then scrub it off with the toothbrush.
Finally, wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. Remember that the baking soda will leave a residue that you should be sure to remove.
- Pro: Inexpensive method using products you probably already have.
- Cons: Requires time and elbow grease.
A steam cleaner penetrates directly into the grout and pushes out the dirt that has entered the pores. Simply put the attachment on your steam cleaner (a small nylon brush) and scrub back and forth. Make sure you have a rag handy to mop up the loosened dirt so you don’t deposit it back into the grout lines.
Let your floor dry and you will see a nice, clean grout line.
- Pro: Fastest and most effective method. This method also helps restore the grout’s natural color instead of artificially lightening it.
- Cons: Most expensive method – you need a steam cleaner and a room to store it.
Bonus tip: There are a number of grout cleaning products on the market today. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will realize that you don’t need to buy them. There are other effective methods using products you already own.