Grout is the substance separating one tile from another. Initially, it is usually a highly viscous grey mixture of water, cement and sand but when it dries it becomes solid so that the tiles are held together. When you clean your kitchen tiles, you shouldn’t forget to clean the grout because it has potential of harboring dirt over time. The way you clean your tiles is different from how grout is cleaned and that is what I want to let you know.
Cleaning methods are not specific because different people have different preferences. The cleaning method differ due to the materials, detergents and implementation. Most of the population opt for home-made solutions as detergent because they are easily available.
Vinegar is a mixture of acetic acid, water, flavors and other chemicals that enable its use in many things around the kitchen. One of the home-made detergent for washing grout is made by mixing vinegar with warm water in equal amounts for both components. The mixture is then placed in a spray bottle. Remember, you do not need a lot of the detergent but it should be able to clean all the tiles in your kitchen. Spray the mixture on the grout and then use a small brush, a toothbrush preferably because it is slender enough to reach the deeper areas of the grout and it is gentle enough not to peel off the grout. After the scrubbing, use a wet towel to wipe off the place and then observe if there is any dirt remaining. If dirt is retained, you can repeat the procedure. After the grout is clean, you should wipe the rest of the surface using clean water to make the whole place look clean. Vinegar is not only good for removing dirt but also serves as an antiseptic as it kills bacteria. Vinegar also helps in removing tough greasy stains.
Another cleaning method for grout is the use of paste made using kitchen ingredients. A paste can be made by mixing baking soda and water. You apply this paste to the grout and leave it for five to ten minutes. As you wait for the paste to soak the dirt, you can prepare vinegar and warm water solution. When the paste has soaked, scrub it off gently using a stiff brush so that the paste doesn’t stick on the grout, after you have finished scrubbing off the paste from all grout, spray the mixture of vinegar and warm water and then use a wet towel to wipe the grout. This method gives you a perfect outcome because baking soda has bleaching properties so any stubborn stains on the grout will get bleached.
Lastly, if you are busy and you don’t have time to mix solutions and make pastes, there is a simple way for you to clean the grout. You just use your dish washing detergent and a piece of cloth to wipe away dirt. The main disadvantage of this method is that soapy remains tend to attract more dirt so you have to give it a thorough rinse.