Mold and mildew are the biggest culprits attacking the grout between bathroom tiles, and not only can this pose a health hazard, but it can also turn the grout gray or yellow. Although the word “stain” sounds permanent, there are actually methods to remove them – and better yet – you should be able to do it with simple items you might already have in your closet.
Grout is layered between the tiles as a waterproof seal to prevent water and dirt from seeping in behind and rotting the wall.
However, since it’s generally concrete, it’s very porous in shape, meaning it doesn’t take much to get dirty.
Ideally, experts recommend cleaning bathroom tiles at least every two weeks to keep them in top condition and prevent buildup.
That way, maintenance becomes easier and you have less mess to deal with when you finally get down to deep cleaning.
But understandably, cleaning bathroom tile can seem like a tedious task – especially if your entire wall is plastered with it – and tends to be put off by many.
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So for those finally trying to tackle grout — as well as those who are done buying expensive tile cleaners, here are two easy DIY remedies you can whip up and apply to freshen up your tiles.
How to clean grout with white vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia
With any new home cleaning method, it’s important to start with a mild solution and work your way up to strength if the stains won’t come off.
Mira Showers suggests that a good starting point is to mix together a formula of seven cups warm water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 3/3 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup white vinegar.
Mix until the baking soda is completely dissolved and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This will make it easier to target specific areas, but leaving it in the bowl and pouring a cloth in it can also work.
This will prevent mold and mildew from recurring
There are several ways to take care of your tiles after you’ve removed the dirt, and an easy way to start is by wiping your tiles with a dry towel after they get wet.
You can also use a grout sealer, which forms a protective layer over the grout and prevents stains. It is also important that your bathroom is well ventilated.
Humid environments are a hotspot for mold growth, so make sure you open the windows or turn on the extractor fan if you have one when you shower to ventilate the room.