Tips on Cleaning Bathroom Grout

Bathroom floors, notorious for being dirty, are really tiresome to clean, and even more so when the grout has already changed colour due to the dirt. Learn how you can make the grout look new again with only minimal effort by following these tips:

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Use a steam cleaner
One effective and environmentally friendly way of cleaning grout is to attack it with a steam cleaner. Outfit your steam cleaner with a thin and pointed nozzle, and a brush attachment if it’s available. Aim the nozzle at the grout lines, apply continuous steam, and follow the grout lines with the steamer.

Even if the steam cleaner doesn’t get the grout perfectly clean, it will clean it somewhat, and help loosen the rest of the dirt and debris to make it easier to clean with other products.  Source: WikiHow

Create a vinegar solution
Fill your spray bottle with a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water and spray the work area generously. Let the solution sit for about five minutes, then follow up with a grout brush or a scrub brush. If you don’t have one of these, a toothbrush works in a pinch. Rinse with warm water.

Make paste using baking soda
In a small bowl, make a paste with baking soda and water. Dip your toothbrush or grout brush in the paste and work it into the grout. Spray the area with your vinegar + water solution. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to bubble up and will start to work away that nasty soap scum. Use your brush and get all the way into the grout lines to remove buildup. Rinse with warm water. Source: ApartmentTherapy

Prevent grime from building up
To prevent dingy shower grout in the future, run a squeegee on the tile after you’re done bathing. Moisture can lead to mildew stains, so the drier you keep your bathroom, the less you’ll have to clean it. Opening a window, turning on the exhaust fan while showering and leaving the door open will also help it dissipate. And don’t forget to stretch the shower curtain open either. “A couple extra minutes of work can really minimize cleaning time in the long-run,” says Forte. Source: GoodHousekeeping

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