3 DIY Solutions You Can Make Easily at Home
Tile can be a fantastic way to brighten up any room; bringing color, texture, and sparkle to walls and floors. Some tiles are sturdy; made of stone or cement, and can stand up to the active life of a family. Other tiles are delicate; glazed, made from porcelain or glass, with a coating that can scratch easily if not treated properly.
Tile is pretty easy to clean, but the grout between your tiles is where dirt, grime, and stains will tend to collect. If you’re not careful, your beautiful tile can look pretty gross if the grout hasn’t been cleaned properly. Unlike the smooth, solid finish of your tile, the grout that holds them in place is porous and – because grout is generally lighter in color – food, mildew and dirt can stain grout.
So, what is the best tile and grout cleaner? Here are our tile and grout cleaner DIY recommendations.
DIY Solution #1: Declare war on your dirty tile and grout with Zep
We get this question often: “What is the best cleaner for tile and grout?” Zep has a line of products that are over-the-counter, that you can buy from any home improvement store, and they do a great job of cleaning grout and tile. They contain some pretty harsh chemicals which smell terrible when applied, and some of their products are not to be used on certain surfaces, so be sure to read the labels of these products before you buy one, but they work great.
One product is called Grout Cleaner and Brightener that is specially formulated to tackle stains. It’s safe to use on colored grout, and can remove old stains, but there’s a list of tile materials it should not be used on, and should not be used to remove mildew, mold, lime, or rust. For those stains, you want to use Zep Shower, Tub and Tile, which is safe to use on most tile, or Zep Mold Stain & Mildew Stain Remover, which also gets rid of soap build-up and does it without the need to scrub. Just be sure to open windows or create air flow as the chemicals in these products can be dangerous to inhale in a poorly ventilated area.
Not interested in using chemical warfare to get rid of the stains on your tile and grout?
For those of you who would prefer to use gentler or more eco-friendly solutions, here are a few suggestions.
DIY Solution #2: Baking soda, water and back muscles
The opposite end of the spectrum from all the chemicals of Zep, and most efficient in terms of what tile and grout cleaning costs is a mixture of hot water and baking soda, a stiff-bristled brush and a little elbow grease. Combine a little hot water with a bowl of baking soda to create a paste. Then, apply the baking soda paste to the grout and use the brush to scrub it in.
If you are concerned about scratching the tile, most home improvement stores sell a narrow grout brush that will help you to keep the bristles and abrasiveness of the baking soda away from the finish of your tile. A toothbrush will also work for keeping the paste concentrated, but the bristles are a little soft so it might take some extra scrubbing. The combination of the brush and baking soda should be enough to lift most stains.
DIY Solution #3: Baking soda and vinegar and dish soap, oh my!
As with so many of our DIY home cleaning recommendations, (see our carpet stains home remedy here) white vinegar is another answer to, “What is the best tile and grout cleaner?” White vinegar can really help a lot to lift dirt and grime out of porous tile. We prefer white vinegar because it’s clear and you won’t run the risk of it adding color to your discoloration problem. There are a couple of ways you can use vinegar with baking soda to clean your grout.
- Spray-on vinegar – If you’ve already gone the baking soda paste route and it’s just not getting the grout as clean as you’d like, pour a solution of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and simply spray the applied baking soda paste. Wait 5 minutes and then give it another scrub.
- Vinegar first – If you don’t like how labor intensive the baking soda paste sounds, combine more water with the baking soda and add a little dish soap, so it’s more of a solution than a paste. Next, pour the undiluted white vinegar directly onto the grout, followed by the baking soda and soap solution. As you scrub, you should see the grout begin to brighten up. When you’re done scrubbing, let the vinegar, baking soda, dish soap and water sit on the grout for about 45 minutes. Then wipe all of the solution up, and your grout should be good as new. Be sure to rinse the tile though, to get up any residue. This video, “How to Clean Grout” on YouTube will show you how quickly and easily this method works.
Don’t like the smell of vinegar? Replace it with hydrogen peroxide for a similar effect. Any one of these solutions are your best tile grout cleaner homemade options.
Need More Information?
Have you read all this and determined that tile and grout cleaner DIY is not your thing? Are you wondering, “Where is a great tile and grout cleaner near me?” Zerorez® can help you get a free estimate for professional tile and grout cleaning cost. You can also contact us to find out about our current Monthly Specials on Residential and Commercial Cleaning Services. Call Zerorez® DC Metro at 703-382-1221 — or book a carpet cleaning appointment online. Does Zerorez® really work? Check out our Zerorez® reviews and you’ll find the answer is a resounding yes!
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