The tiles have proven to be not only one of the most popular choices for covering floors and walls in rooms with high humidity, but they have also proven to be very practical and visually appealing. There are many different kinds of tiles, and each one of them has their own strong and weak sides, but all of them are considered to be the most durable types of flooring ever invented. But they still have their weaknesses, like the fact that they don’t hold the warmth, and they are always cold, which makes them a bad choice for people in cold countries. Fortunately, Australia is not one of them. We live in a nice warm country, where the tiles are a preferred choice exactly for this particular quality. Also, the tiles are easy to clean, unless the stains are old and well built-in. And the tile grout is a whole other topic. It’s the most gentle part of the entire surface, and it requires special care in order to survive for long years. So, in order to be able to take the proper care for your tiles, first you need to learn how to properly clean tile grout. Here are some ideas.
Step 1Lightly stained tile grout. The lightly stained tile grout is an unpleasant view, but it's not so difficult to clean it. All you need is a very strong bleach solution. This means that you'll have to dilute one cup of bleach in about 5 litres of water. It's a very strong solution, so it will be able to remove all the built in dirt without much fuzz. Then you'll have to find a small hard bristled brush or a toothbrush, and start scrubbing. Just be careful not to scrub too hard though, because the grout could start to come off or the tiles can be scratched because of your effort. It's also important to wear safety goggles when dealing with bleach, because it can easily get into your eyes while you're scrubbing. In this case you should also keep the area well ventilated, to avoid possible issues. Another interesting tile cleaning method was given to me by a cleaner friend in Melbourne – he used a special foaming grout cleaner he found in the stores. You just need to leave it work for a couple of minutes, and then wipe it with a sponge.
Step 2Deeply stained tile grout. If the grout is so deeply stained that it's practically impossible to remove it, then the best possible solution is to replace it. Many stores where tiles are sold also sell or rent tools for removing tile grout. All you need to do is to run the tool along the tile grout until the filling gives up. Just be careful not to damage the tiles, because then you'll have to change those too. After that you should clean the space between the tiles with the strong bleach solution, to make sure that there are no leftovers. Then apply the new tile grout and seal it properly. If you have porcelain tiles, don't use bleach on them, because it will leave unpleasant stains on the surface. And having in mind the price of the porcelain tiles, you probably don't want that.
Step 3New tile grout. The tile grout is a very porous substance, which can easily catch all kinds of dirt and grim, and works as a trap for them. This is why if you have installed your grout not so long ago, you can safely start the grout cleaning routine with some prevention. In this case you can easily keep the new tile grout in a good condition for longer by using a grout sealer. The best time to use it is about two weeks after the grout has been installed.