How to clean the grout joints between tiles: a quick user guide
One of the household chores that often gets put off is cleaning the grout joints between tiles. As the grout is a porous material, tile joints are a place where dust, mould and obstinate dirt often collect. So what is the best way to clean the grout joints? We are going to deal thoroughly with this household chore in this post!
This chore is often more difficult than imagined as, depending on the type of tiling, the most effective cleaning agent must be chosen but, at the same time, it mustn’t be aggressive. Before cleaning the whole surface, it is advisable to carry out a test on a small area to check any negative effects of the cleaning agent.
The most effective solutions for cleaning tile grout joints
Our first recommendation for cleaning the grout joints between tiles is the following: Mix 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in bicarbonate, two tablespoons of potato starch and hot water. Once these ingredients are well-mixed, you should obtain a fairly thick mixture to apply on the grout joints. Leave for half an hour and then rinse with water to reveal if the treatment has been successful. If you are not satisfied with the results, arm yourself with a toothbrush and a good helping of patience and start scrubbing the grout joints between the tiles.
How do you clean the grout joints, however, when the surface to be cleaned is made of more delicate material, such as terracotta tiles? In this case, we recommend that you prepare a mixture of four tablespoons of white wine vinegar, 3 litres of water, 4 tablespoons of alcohol and four drops of washing up liquid.
What else do you need to know about cleaning tile grout joints? Before getting started, you should put on appropriate protection for your hands and airways. If you are using hydrogen peroxide in bicarbonate, do not forget to put on household rubber gloves.