DIY Sweat-Free: Find Out How Do Professionals Clean Grout

You may know how to clean your bathroom tiles or a wet tiled floor laid with tiles using home remedies, like baking soda, white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. But do you know how professionals clean grout? What products do they use? Do they use harsh chemical cleaners, or do they choose more greenways?

A young blondie woman wearing safety glasses cleans the grout of the tiled wall using a sponge.

Unfortunately, not all-natural cleaning products are safe to clean floors and grout, neither can they remove stubborn stains. There are, though, a few cleaning tips that almost all professional grout and tile cleaners follow.

Why does grout get dirty?

Before sharing with you the reasons why grout gets dirt, you need to understand grout better. Grout is a tough and porous material that is used as a sealer. It is applied between tiles at a lower level to fill the spaces and hold them together. Hence, due to its consistency and position, dirt, grime, water, debris, soap scum adhere to it easily, making it look discoloured.

One of the most common reasons for a stained and discoloured grout is mopping with dirty water. Mop spreads the dirt from the tiles into the grout. Because of the grout’s position, dirt settles into the grout, making your floors look dirty. Furthermore, dirty grout is a breeding ground for bacteria, mould and mildew. All these are great reasons to motivate you to clean. Don’t you think?

How do professionals clean grout?

You may not use bleach to clean your tiles and grout. Instead, you clean them with homemade solutions containing baking soda, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon. Use tools like old toothbrushes, spray bottles to pour your solutions and soft-bristled brushes. These ingredients aren’t ideal only for the grout. They’re perfect for carpet cleaning, removing mould and mildew from walls, and generally keeping your house clean without using chemicals.

A close up of a grout with brown and black mould

However, many professional tile and grout cleaning companies use solutions that are Ph-balanced. Such solutions can cut through grime and different grout stains. However, no matter how effective these grout cleaners are, they can be very harmful to those using them. That’s the reason why both professional cleaners and the manufacturers of the cleaning solutions suggest homeowners not to use them.

Hopefully, many grout cleaning services avoid those chemical products, and they proceed to more harmless cleaning processes that you can even apply yourself, like steam cleaning. Some professional cleaners use low-pressure, hot water vapour, which is a safe way to clean all types of tiles without damaging them and, at the same time, ensuring to deep clean the tiles and the grout from any sign of dust, germ and bacteria.

Steps for the best grout deep cleaning:

1. Vacuum

The first and most important step you should take is to vacuum your tile floor. Use your regular vacuum cleaner and clean tiles from dust, debris and any dry soil. It’s necessary for the floor to be cleaned from any large particles to not damage the tiles and the grout during cleaning.

2. Mop

The next thing to do is to mop the floor. Grab your mop and a bucket filled with warm water and a non-abrasive cleaner. Mopping is one of the best and safest ways to clean floors and lift all the dirt and dust. Soak the mop in the solution, wring the excess water and scrub the floor in a small circular motion.

3. Steam cleaning

An alternative to mop is a steam cleaner. Get a high-powered one to get the best results. Most steam cleaners have a crevice attachment tool. This tool will help you clean tile grout lines with almost no elbow grease. At first, start in a small area and gradually move around the lines of the grout. That will ensure that all the dirt buildup between the lines has been removed. Be aware, though, that high pressure might remove the sealant between the tiles. That’s why you need to work slowly.

Cleaning a tiled floor and the grout with a steam cleaner

4. Dry

The final step is to dry your clean porcelain, ceramic tiles and grout. You should not skip this step as it is the only way to guarantee that the dirt will not survive. There are three ways to dry your floor:

  1. Let it air dry by opening the windows and the doors.
  2. If there aren’t any windows, like in a bathroom, you can turn on the extractor fan or use a pedestal fan; even a desk fan can work well.
  3. Get many towels and wipe your floor dry.

Do you really need to hire a professional to clean grout?

Even if you are obsessed with cleaning, there might be some cases when you have to let the experts deal with dirty grout. Mould and mildew are two of the most severe problems, that baking soda, white vinegar or bleach might not be as effective as grout cleaners. Then, it’s the best time to call an expert for help. They know how to face this frustrating situation and prevent any further damages.

Tips and tricks to keep grout clean

Prevention is better than cure! If you don’t want to spend money on hiring professionals to clean your tiles and grout, you can take preventative measures to keep grout clean.

  1. Lay mats. On high traffic, rooms place walk-off mats to keep some of the dirt out of the grout.
  2. Place rags in the kitchen, bathroom, dining room, or other room where you may eat and drink or generally use water.
  3. Vacuum and sweep more often, especially in high traffic areas.
  4. Mop with hot water and only small areas at a time, to give them the required time to dry. 
  5. Clean the mop after use. A dirty mop is one of the reasons why grout gets dirty.

Mopping a tiled floor

Grout needs treatment. DIY cleaning solutions might be good enough to keep grout lines clean. However, many cleaning services use techniques you can easily apply, like steam cleaning and mopping. It isn’t so difficult to give it a try. Who knows? You might manage to bring grout back to life. After all, they are professionals! They know better!

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