Grout is applied in seams between tiles as a watertight seal to prevent any water and debris from backing up and causing the wall to rot. However, since it’s generally made of concrete, it’s very porous in shape, which means it doesn’t take much to get it dirty.
Ideally, experts recommend cleaning bathroom tiles at least once every two weeks to keep them in top condition and prevent buildup. This way, maintenance will be easier and you’ll have less dirt to deal with when you finally get to deep cleaning.
But it’s understandable that cleaning bathroom tiles can seem like a lengthy task—especially if an entire wall is plastered on it—and many tend to put off. So for those who are finally trying to cure their grout—as well as those who have wound up buying expensive tile cleaners, here are two easy treatments you can make yourself and apply to renovate your tiles.
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How to clean grout with white vinegar, baking soda and ammonia
With any new household cleaning method, it’s important to start with a mild solution and work your way up vigorously if the stain doesn’t budge. Mira Showers suggests a good starting point is to mix together a formula of seven cups of warm water, ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ammonia, and ¼ cup of white vinegar.
Mix until the baking soda is completely dissolved, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This will make it easier to target specific areas, but keeping it in the bowl and submerging a rag in it can also do the trick.
Spray the solution onto the grout until it is completely wet, and let it sit for about five minutes. Using a hard-bristle brush, start rubbing the grout – applying pressure especially to the problem areas.
After that, wipe the dirty liquid with a damp cloth. Be sure to squeeze this into a separate bucket to prevent the risk of wiping the mold back onto the tiles. Run over the tile again with a damp cloth and dry it with the tile.
This should have done a steady job cleaning the tiles, but if you have any particularly tough stains, mix a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for a boss-level bleach.
How to prevent the recurrence of mold and fungus
There are several ways to maintain tiles after dirt breaks, and one simple way to start is to wipe the tiles with a dry towel after it gets wet. You can also use a grout sealer, which will create a protective layer over the grout and prevent it from staining. It is also important to keep the bathroom well ventilated.
Humid environments are a hotspot for mold growth, so be sure to open windows or, if you have one, turn on an exhaust fan when showering to ventilate the room.