We all love clean and shiny tile floors in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, or anywhere else within the house. However, tile floors are bound to get dirty over time. They become discolored and dull. There are countless ways by which you can clean floor grout. However, it is not common knowledge.
Bending down to scrub the floor can be tiring. It results in enormous pain- especially in the knees and the back. If you are old or have problems with your back or joints, this post is for you.
With the right cleaning methods, you can get your grout lines clean again without breaking your back.
While reading through this article, have it at the back of your mind that you might need to do some slight scrubs here and there. However, it’s not the thorough scrubbing that usually accompanies grout cleaning.
How To Clean Floor Grout Without Scrubbing:
There are several ways to do this. Below are some of the most common methods.
Method 1: Using Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
• Baking Soda
• Hydrogen Peroxide
• Dish Soap
Sometimes cleaning grout with baking soda can be a challenge. This is because some tile materials like ceramic get damaged easily by different cleaning chemicals. However, if your tiles are made using ceramic or porcelain, you should use this method.
Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizing agent. It has a strong disinfecting effect. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide with baking soda works wonders for your floor.
Here are the steps:
1- First mix the H. Peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda.
2- Spread the mixture over the stained grout. You should let the mixture stay over the stain for around 10 minutes.
3- After that, remove the spread using a grout cleaner brush or a soft cloth. You might want to scrub a little at this point. Now you understand why eliminating scrubbing might be hard.
NOTE: Depending on the stains, you can adjust the quantity of each ingredient used in the step above. If the stain is small, use fewer quantities. For bigger stains, use more of each ingredient. However, there’s a catch. Use the same amount of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. If one increases, the other also increases- and vice versa. Although adding a dish wash soap isn’t a must, it will be more effective.
Why Do I Have To Leave the Mixture Over the Stain for 10 Minutes?
You are wondering why you can’t just wipe the mixture off immediately after application. Well, the answer is simple!
Leaving the mixture over the stain causes a chemical reaction that exfoliates the stains for easy cleaning.
That’s why you need to give the mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide this much amount of time before cleaning it off.
Method 2: Using a Tile Paint Marker
This is in fact the easiest of all.
In this method, you just use a Pen to clean, recolor, or whiten your tiles. These pens can be used in Kitchen, Bathroom, or anywhere. You should note that these pens work best on Unsealed Grout.
The pens are Non-Toxic and water-based. You may choose from many different colors such as white, beige, grey, and so forth.
Here’s how to apply it:
1- Prepare your floor by washing it and then drying it.
2- Shake the pen
3- Saturate the tip with ink.
4- Move the tip (while pressing gently) across the grout lines.
5- Clean off the excess ink from the floor with a damp cloth.
6- Leave it to dry for 5-6 hours.
Pro Tip: You should not press too hard for the ink to come as this may damage the tip. So, what you should do is to press lightly and let the ink fill the tip before applying it over your grout. Then make multiple passes over the grout lines very gently.
Method 3: Cleaning Grout With Bleach
This is another amazing method to clean those dirty grout lines. However, you have to be careful when using bleach. Check the floor type first.
For instance, bleach isn’t good for marble tiles. For that reason, it should only be used with the other tile types.
Using strong chemical agents like Clorox and Lysol bleaches give your floor grout, a cleaning job that the grout lines will remember for a long time.
1- Ensure the room is ventilated and make sure to wear gloves. You might also want to put on your sunglasses/safety glasses.
2- Apply the chemical directly to the grout floor then leave it for a few minutes.
Why this method is usually avoided?
First off, the chemical is an added expense. However, some people already have these chemicals so they don’t feel the financial pinch. This method is risky and requires utmost care.
These are harsh chemicals that might harm your floor if used inappropriately. They might also harm the user.
Because of the two reasons, experts strongly advise against the use of bleach when cleaning floor grout. You can use the bleach once in a while– provided you follow the right steps to keep the floor safe. However, it is not the most perfect method for daily use.
Here is a summary of the 3 different methods:
Method 1: Spread the mixture of Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap over the grout and clean after 10 minutes.
Method 2: Use a Tile Paint Marker over the grout and leave for 5-6 hours.
Method 3: Apply Bleach to the stained grout and leave it there for a few minutes.
What Is the Best Homemade Tile Grout Cleaner?
When looking for DIY ways, you will need baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The two ingredients are easily available in your kitchen. For that reason, they are not an added expense.
A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is the best homemade tile grout cleaner.
The three methods are easy and cost-effective. Of course, some amount of scrubbing or wiping will always be there although minimal. You will still need to wipe the floor.
I hope that I managed to exclude scrubbing the grout lines to the extent it is possible.
So, go ahead and use the above-mentioned simple methods to behold your floor NEW again.