Tips for Cleaning Tiles and Grout

carpetm 29 Jan 2014

People are always looking at tips for cleaning tiles and grout because most people hate to clean the bathroom and let it get out of hand. This is perfectly normal, but still, when you get around to finally cleaning the shower and other tiled areas of the bathroom, it can be very difficult to get the tiles and especially the grout clean without using powerful chemicals. So here are some tips for cleaning tiles and grout that don’t involve bleach based chemicals.

Tip 1: Use an electric toothbrush to clean grout. It sounds silly, but it makes sense to use an electric toothbrush to clean grout. Purchase one of those disposable electric toothbrushes and let it do all of the work while you just slowly run it over the grout. If you wet the toothbrush and use a little baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, you will get better results.

Tip 2: Use diluted white vinegar frequently to clean the tiles. White vinegar is a natural killer of mold and mildew because these organisms cannot live in an acid based liquid like vinegar. You may not get everything the first time, but if you go over your tile and grout with a white vinegar and water solution once week, mold and mildew simply will not be able to survive in this acidic environment. This method may be slower to work, but it requires little or no heavy-duty scrubbing. So it is much more realistic that you will continue to use this method as opposed to heavy scrubbing or really harsh and poisonous chemicals.

Tip 3: Between cleanings, spray the shower and other tiles down frequently with hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide works the same way as white vinegar does, it just has less smell. The way you use hydrogen peroxide is to put it in a spray bottle and then simple spray it over the surface of the bathroom as often as you like. Hydrogen peroxide dries quickly, doesn’t leave much of a smell and doesn’t have to be rinsed off. This makes it the perfect maintenance product for those of you who simply can’t get motivated to clean the bathroom every week.

Tips 4: Steam clean the tiles. You can rent a machine and clean the tiles yourself, but it is always better to hire a professional steam cleaning company. This is a last resort situation, where the tiles and grout have been dirty and grimy for so long that it simply not possible to scrub off the muck using traditional methods.

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