Hands up if you love scrubbing the tile floor or the shower? BOOOOOO!
Does trying to keep that previously white, once beautiful looking tile grout sparkling clean drive you crazy? Trust me, you are not alone!! The job sucks – but makes a huge difference when it’s done!
Tile grout is porous and susceptible to stains, so it does require some maintenance other than mopping as the grout joints collect all manner of dirt and debris under the feet of a busy family.
Now is as good a time as any to do what you have been putting off. Time to get down and dirty, summon up some elbow grease and hopefully the process will be a little easier with these helpful remedies to make and keep your tile grout clean and white.
It will depend on how dirty or stained your tile grout is as to what will work the best for you and also what type of tiles will determine whether or not you can try all methods or not.
Pour 1/2 cup of Bicarbonate of Soda into a cup or bowl that you will no longer use. Add enough water to make a paste. Use an old toothbrush, dip it into the bicarb mixture and then scrub the grout well. Rinse after 10 minutes.
Place some pure white vinegar into a spray bottle and keep it in the shower (out of reach of children, but it is non-toxic). Once everyone has finished their daily showers, give the shower a quick spray with the vinegar. It will prevent the mould from forming.
If you have a steam cleaner, go over the grout weekly or fortnightly with the hot steam. It will remove any mould or mildew without the use of any chemicals at all. You need to do it regularly to keep the grout white and bright.
To keep the mould and mildew away from the grout for a longer period of time, once it has been cleaned, add 10 drops of Clove Oil to a small cup of water. Use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to the grout. Leave for 30 minutes or so (you might want to open windows or keeping the exhaust fan on as Clove Oil is quite potent) – then rinse clean. Clove Oil actually kills the mould spores. You can buy Clove Oil at your local Chemist or health food store.