How to Make Grout Look Like New
Grout is a must when it comes to tile flooring and counters. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always look very appealing, especially if it is not routinely cleaned.
Luckily, grout is a common material used in flooring, and due to that, you can find many ways to help clean it. If you’ve recently purchased a house that has stained or discolored grout or are looking for a way to give your grout a deep cleaning, there a few products that are sure to help. While there are many different products, materials, and ways to clean grout, these are a few of the most popular. Or maybe you're selling your home, in which case, you'll need that grout to shine!
Make a cleaning solution of 50/50 water and vinegar and place the mixture in a spray bottle. Wipe down the grout with hot water to help loosen and remove any surface dirt. Once you’ve wiped the grout, you can spray the grout with the 50/50 mixture, let stand for 5 minutes, and then scrub the grout with a soft brush. Once you’ve finished scrubbing you should mop or wipe the grout down to clean up any additional cleaning solution.
For heavily stained grout you can try mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda into a thin paste. Apply the paste to the grout and allow to sit for up to 10 minutes. Once the paste has sat you can then use a toothbrush or small bristle brush to scrub the grout. Never use a metal bristle brush as this could cause damage to the grout. Once you’ve scrubbed the grout take a damp cloth to wipe down the grout or mop away the excess.
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If you know that your grout was once white, you can try to bleach the grout to bring it back to its original color. You’ll want to mix 2 parts baking soda to 1 part bleach, this should result in a thick paste. Apply the paste to the grout and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. After the paste has sat you can take a bristle brush to scrub the paste into the grout, ensuring you are not removing or cleaning the paste from the grout. Work in a circular motion to “massage” the paste into the grout and then allow another 5-10 minutes before rinsing the paste off the grout with a wipe, cloth, or mop.
Routine cleaning will help keep your grout looking it’s best. Easy ways you can help keep your grout clean include mopping frequently (we recommend a mop that helps suck up the dirty water such as a Bissel Crosswave) and doing small bi-weekly cleanings to avoid a full deep clean. You can do a small cleaning with something as simple as a magic eraser as it will remove any surface dirt from the grout.
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