Various Kinds Of Organic Grout Cleaners
Whenever using organic grout cleaners, it is good to try milder products first, only using the harsher ones if the first does not get the grout clean. Harsh chemicals may harm grout and tiles with repeated use. Clean grout using the first group and work on the next ones as necessary. No matter which cleaner you are using, always try cleaning a small area initially to ensure it does not discolour or damage the grout or tile.
Mild Grout Cleaners:
These light cleaners are good to use, even on unsealed grout.
Baking soda: Baking soda is an excellent grout cleaner converted into a paste with water or vinegar. Dab it on, scrub in circles, rinse and then dry. Try leaving the paste on for a few minutes before washing it for higher cleaning. You can also make a paste using 1/3 of baking soda, salt, and vinegar. Adding salt helps the cleaner get into all the tiny crevices and spots in the grout. When done, make sure you rinse and dry.
Lemon juice: Grout can discolour and stain eventually, and those areas often need extra attention. Lemon juice does an admirable job removing many grout stains and discolourations. Next, apply the lemon juice to the affected area, allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes and then wipe it off using a damp sponge. If staining persists, try cleaning it or the lemon juice before using a harsher product.
Vinegar: You can use this for day-to-day cleaning or as a general-purpose cleaner and disinfectant. Vinegar is often used as a mild cleaner. Since vinegar is a gentle cleanser, it should be interspersed with another healthier grout cleaner to yield the most significant results. Vinegar may be diluted with equal parts of water or applied to full strength. Pour vinegar or a vinegar-water solution into a spray bottle, then spray the grout.
Concerning disinfecting, let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub using a medium-weight, non-metal brush. The bristles must be stiff but not too hard – you want to avoid damaging the grout or tiles. Scrub in circles instead of straight lines for a more thorough cleaning. Rinse using a mop or wet sponge, then dry with a towel.
Mild Chemical Cleaners:
Each contains some chemicals but is less harsh than the next group. When using any of these products, keep the area well-ventilated, wear gloves and keep to the directions on the bottle.
Bleach: Dilute the bleach with water – 1 part bleach to 3 parts water – before cleaning it. Bleach is particularly suitable for removing mould and mildew. It kills the mould and disinfects it as well. It also eliminates stains and discolourations of white grout. Avoid bleach on coloured grout – it will discolour the grout. Use caution when using bleach and any other cleaners, especially those containing ammonia.
Common Household Cleaners: Basic household cleaners that you commonly use can be effective. Many contain bleach, providing the advantages of bleach with another clean without mixing them. When using a powder-based product, ensure it is non-abrasive and will not damage the grout or scratch the tile. Use just like other products, making sure to rinse extra thoroughly.
Harsh Chemical Cleaners:
These would be best to use when other products have yet to prove helpful. When it needs, they are suitable for occasional, heavy-duty cleaning. Always read all directions carefully before starting, keep the room well-ventilated, and use gloves and protective eyewear when cleaning.
Commercial Grout Cleaners: These are for cleaning grout and can buy at household cleaners stores. Choose products designed for what you need – general cleaning, disinfecting, removing stains and discolourations, doing away with mould and mildew, etc. PH-balanced products will be the mildest and best for tile and grout cleaning. Some others can erode the grout with repeated use. Avoid coloured cleaners on white grout because they can discolour the grout. Attentively follow all the directions on the container. Generally, they are applied and permitted to remain on the grout for a few minutes before cleaning and rinsing.
Professional Grout Cleaners: These products contain the harshest chemicals and are designed to give you the most heavy-duty cleaning. You’ll find them at hardware or janitor supply stores. Use caution when using and storing these cleaners. Before using these harsh chemicals, see if they can clean the grout without solid chemicals. Also, consider renting a steam cleaner like the professionals.
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By Graeme Stephens · Updated Last 23/04/2023