Cleaning Grout and tiles by the Best and Most Thorough Residential House Cleaning and Maid Service in Evanston, IL., Dial-A-Maid. Tile and grout collects dirt fast. Grout is porous and easily discolors. Grout cleaning should be done twice per week, to keep your grout lines fresh and clean, says the 45 year old Residential House Cleaning and Maid Service in Evanston, IL., Dial-A-Maid.
Tile and grout cleaning can be done with cleaning agents you have at home.
Cleaning tile can be done the following way:
- Vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt.
- Use a store bought tile neutral tile cleaner or make your own by mixing hot, soapy water with dish soap.
- Use a sponge mop or towel to apply the cleaning solution.
- Remove dust with a clean towel or damp mop.
- Allow the floor to dry.
All the ingredients for cleaning grout are probably already also, in your home.
However, do not use bleach or other harsh chemical cleaners because they will break down the grout and sealants. You will need baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, spoon, scrubbing tool, towel, hot water. Mix ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide and ½ cup baking soda and 1 tsp. dish soap. Spoon the cleaning agents onto the grout and let them sit for 5-10 minutes.
Scrub the grout lines with a brush. Make sure to scrub hard to agitate the grout and cleaning solution to break up any really stuck on dirt, says the Most Thorough Residential House Cleaning and Maid Service in Evanston, IL., Dial-A-Maid. Rinse and wipe dry.
Or another recipe for cleaning grout is promoted on the Today Show. The ingredients are as follows:
- 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
- Lemon juice
- 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide
Combine the cream of tartar with the lemon juice to make a thick paste. Pour the hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray the grout to get rid of mold and mildew. Scrub and rinse. Use a small stiff bristled cleaning brush and apply the homemade grout cleaner to the area and scrub the grout. Let the solution sit on the grout. Then rinse and wipe dry.
Apply a sealant to the cleaned grout to prolong the life of the tiles. Reseal the grout every 1-2 years, says the Best Residential House Cleaning and Maid Service in Evanston, IL., Dial-A-Maid.