I cleaned the grout grossness I thought was uncleanable!
The grout between floor and shower tiles can get unappealing looking fast, due to the amount of use these areas get, as well as the difficulty to clean between those nooks and crannies. If you have noticed the grout in your home looking dark and dingy, but don’t know what to try on it, Dana, the author of A Slob Comes Clean lifestyle blog, has the answer. After she had noticed the grout in her bathroom floor looked dirty and tried scrubbing it to no avail, she discovered a new cleaning method that actually worked. Moreover, this cleaning solution didn’t use anything that would be out of the ordinary for household cleaning, so that is a plus. This process didn’t require very much scrubbing either, since the product she used, liquid bleach, lifted the stains away. If you would like to see photos of how Dana got her tile grout refreshingly clean, check out her website.
Household bleach is common for cleaning and sanitising surfaces in the home, so there is no wonder it is used here. Although you may not like the fact it is a chemical cleaner, it won’t get often used for tile grout, since the grout shouldn’t get that dirty very frequently. Bleach for floor cleaning should only be used in dire circumstances when you have tried all other safe options. Dana shows that the bleach does wonders to clean her grout, simply by being applied to the grout surface. Her cleaning method involves soaking cotton balls in the bleach, laying them on top of the grout and allowing them to sit. Once they have sat for awhile, they should lift up all the dirt without the need for you to scrub. If you find the stains haven’t fully lifted, though, you could gently scrub with a toothbrush to get the remaining stains up easily. Just be warned that the bleach will be most effective on white grout, as it has the potential to discolour other colours of grout that you apply it to. If you have dirty grout in the shower, the cotton balls may not work as well, since they won’t sit on the wall grout properly. Instead, you could simply apply the bleach to the surface and allow it to sit before wiping away. Alternatively, one of Dana’s readers suggested using a bleach laundry pen on grout surfaces and eliminating the step of soaking cotton balls all together. Whatever method you decide to try, one thing is for sure; the bleach should lift up the stains without much effort. Also, remember to open the windows to ventilate the area while cleaning with bleach.
If the culprit of the grout staining is mould, the bleach may help kill some of it, but not all of it. This is because the way mould grows inhibits the bleach from killing all of it. Bleach works best to kill mould on level non-porous surfaces. If mould is the problem in your bathroom grout, it would be best to find a product designed for cleaning and killing mould, which will help get rid of some of the stains as well.
Next time you are looking for household cleaning tips for removing dirt from grout, remember Dana’s two-ingredient instructions which minimise the need for scrubbing. Her remarkable cleaning method will eliminate the need of other stain removal products since bleach should sanitise the surface and remove the stains on its own. Thank you to Dana, the author of A Slob Comes Clean lifestyle blog, for sharing her instructions on how to clean grout easily and effectively.
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