Tile can be found in almost every home, whether in a foyer, kitchen, or bathroom. While most types of tile are easy to clean, the grout between them is another story. However, grout cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult. The experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia West know that proper maintenance is essential to preserving your floor’s longevity. Thankfully, there are a number of all-natural cleaning solutions that can be used in your Irmo home to protect your floors from stains and mold.
In general, it’s best to start with the mildest solution when cleaning your grout for the first time. Warm water and elbow grease may be all you need to remove loose grime. Spray the grout with warm water and use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub in a circular motion. Grout is a porous material that is prone to trapping stains, so if you are dealing with something tougher than regular dirt and grime, plain water may not be enough.
Heavier dirt and stains may be removed with vinegar. This natural product is used for many household cleaning tasks and could work wonders on your grout. Mix a half-and-half solution of warm water and vinegar, spray it on the grout, and let it stand for five minutes before scrubbing.
Vinegar is also a good product for preventing stains and mildew in the first place. Wipe down your grout with vinegar once a week to keep mold and mildew at bay. Rubbing alcohol can also be used in this way for the same purpose.
The next ingredient in stain removal is another common household item: baking soda. For tough stains, cover your grout lines with a baking soda and water paste. Spray the paste with a vinegar and water solution to initiate foaming. Once the foaming stops, scrub with a brush and rinse with plain water. You can also mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide instead of water to form an extra strong cleaning solution.
You’ll be surprised at how powerful a homemade, all-natural cleaning solution can be! Contact Floor Coverings International Columbia West to schedule a free in-home consultation, and learn more about our tile floors and backsplashes for your Irmo home. We proudly serve the greater West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC areas.
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