Grout is the material, used to fill in the gaps between tiles. All floor tiles, except vinyl tiles require grout between them to support the tiles and prevent water from reaching the sub-floor and rotting it. Unfortunately, grout collects dirt and grime. In the bathroom, where it is constantly humid, mold can grow on the grout, causing unattractive discoloration. In this post, we are going to discuss how to clean the grout in your bathroom.
If mold and mildew starts growing on your bathroom grout, you can still try to clean it, instead of replacing it. Start with mild cleaning products first and if they don’t work, only then try with harsher chemicals. If you use harsh chemicals often, they break down grout, and then you’ll definitely need to replace it.
You can prepare a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water. Apply it to the grout and let it set for about 10 minutes. Then, scrub with a soft brush. Another way is to add a small amount of water to baking soda to create a paste. Then, rub the paste onto the grout and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the grout with a soft brush, using circular motion, and wash the tiles to remove the remains of the paste. You can also use a clean cloth or a sponge to apply some lemon juice to the grout. Let it sit there for about 15 minutes and then rinse the grout with warm water.
If all attempts fail, then you should resort to harsher chemicals. Use chemicals, designed specifically for grout cleaning. Commercial grout cleaners can be found in stores, where they offer other household cleaners. Professional grout cleaners are sold in hardware or home improvement stores.
It is easier to clean the grout in your bathroom regularly to prevent mold and mildew from growing. You can also apply grout sealer onto clean grout, which will help keep the moisture out. If the bathroom grout is discolored after cleaning, use grout colorant, which will brighten the grout’s color and seal it to prevent further staining and discoloration.