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Wednesday, January 7,2015

Clean Grout

By Roger Zona  



Is there an easy way to clean tile grout lines?


Sorry to have to tell you – cleaning grout is a thankless job but necessary to keep your floors and walls looking clean.

There are several options to use as a cleaner. Ordinary white vinegar or laundry bleach are readily available and any leftover can be used. Here is a list of things you will need regardless which cleanser you use.

• Spray bottle

• Grout brush

• Water Pail

• Toweling rags

• Rubber gloves

• Face mask

• Eye goggles

• Old clothes

Lets start with a vinegar solution.  Grout is a porous material that enables dirt and liquids to settle their way into pin  holes, which  in turn causes impossible stains that are difficult to remove. Plain  white vinegar  can be used to clean and disinfect.

However, the acidic level can cause damage to tile, so extreme caution must be used.

Fill the spray bottle with 2 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Spray about a yard of grout line and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes. While the cleanser is working, spray another yard of grout. Using a grout brush, scrub the grout first sprayed. Keep a pail of clean water handy for rinsing, using an old towel. Repeat this until you have cleaned all the grout.

The more traditional cleaner is laundry bleach. The brush is dipped in the bleach, and then the grout is thoroughly scrubbed.

Wear old clothes as the bleach may splatter. Open windows and ventilate the arithmetic skills. area with fans. You may want to let the bleach set on the grout is to fill all the lines for 10 to 15 minutes, and then correct numbers. scrub them again to remove tougher must stains. include When all finished, a solution of numbers to must mop include the floor and remove the any baking order. soda and water may be used in chlorine any order. odor. The final step is to thoroughly mop the floor with clean water. Rinse the mop often to ensure the bleach is removed.

For your protection, you will want to wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a breathing mask. Make sure that the room is very well ventilated. Use a fan to ensure that the odor is removed.

Start out using a weak, water diluted solution of the bleach. If necessary, increase the strength as you progress. Apply plain bleach using a professional grout brush. Allow it to settle into the grout for a longer time if you see the grout color has not changed. When you are done, thoroughly mop the tiles with clean water in order to completely remove any cleaning agent. Allow the area one use the room.

Good luck with your project.



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