Tile can look beautiful in your home. It can be used in your shower, bathroom, or kitchen area. The one downside to tile is the grout that is used to secure the tile in place. Grout absorbs dirt as it is a very porous material and can be a lot more difficult to clean than the tile itself.
1. Start with Warm Water and Dish Soap
For new grout that hasn't been exposed to a lot of dirt, it should be easy to keep it clean. You can simply clean the tile and grout by just cleaning it with a little soap and warm water. Just spray a little soap and water on the tile, let it sit for a minute, and wipe it away. If you keep this up regularly from the beginning, it should be easy to keep your tile and grout clean. Additionally, warm water and soap will not damage the tile or the grout.
2. Use Vinegar for Tougher Stains
Next, if you have some dirt that is a little hard to get out of, you can use some vinegar. It is important to note that you shouldn't use straight vinegar on your tile or grout. In pure form, vinegar is highly acidic and can damage and eat away at your grout and tile if too much is applied.
To use vinegar, you are going to want to dilute it with lots of water. First, try to clean with soap and water, and if the stain persists, spray a little diluted water and vinegar, and wipe around the stain or dirt on the tile.
3. Use Steam to Get Things Clean
Cleaning tile and grout in your bathroom can be challenging because you don't just have to fight dirt; you have to fight against soap scum as well, which is difficult to remove from just about any surface.
A great way to easily clean a tile floor or shower in a bathroom is with steam. You can spray a cleaner on the walls, and then turn on the hot water in your shower and allow the bathroom to fill with steam for about five minutes. Then turn off the hot water and wipe off the tiles about fifteen minutes later. The steam can help make it easier to get rid of the tiles' dirt and soap scum.
If you don't want to use this process, you can also purchase a steam cleaner. A steam cleaner will help loosen up the dirt and soap scum on your tiles and grout and make it much easier to clean.
4. Get a Little Tough
If the grout line is still dirty after cleaning the tile, it is time to get a little tough. Instead of just using a soft cloth to wipe and clean the grout, use a stiff bristle brush and a cup of hot water. Dip the brush in hot water, and then use the brush to scrub away at the grout line. You don't need to use any fancy cleaners, just a little bit of strength and muscle to scrub away at the grout line.
Once your tile and grout lines are clean, you can help keep the grout line clean by applying a sealant to the grout line. Allow the grout to dry out for a day after cleaning, then use the sealant, which should last for a year or more, and make cleaning the grout much simpler.
If you have some really dirty tile and grout, you don't have to tackle cleaning them alone. Cleaning a large area of tile and grout can require a lot of time and energy, and there are professional tile grout cleaning services that can get everything looking like new again and allow you to seal up the grout line and preserve all that hard work.