Cleaning Bathtub And Shower Tile Grout

A summary of ways and supplies you can use to clean your bathroom grout.

There are numerous of ways to clean your shower and bathtub grout and a variety of supplies to choose from to do so. Some people prefer industrial or chemical cleaning products while others prefer natural or organic items that are non-toxic but effective cleansers.

The most common natural products used for home and bathroom cleaning are vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. These may be used at full strength for tough stains or mixed with equal parts of water for normal cleaning jobs. Never use vinegar on marble however as it may cause damage to the surface.

One way to clean grout is to sprinkle baking soda onto an area and then pour white vinegar over it. This will produce a fizzing action that will release dirt and mildew from the grout that can then be further cleaned and removed with a large toothbrush or other scrubbing brush or tool. A paste can also be made from the vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice to scrub the grout with. Some people prefer to mix vinegar and water in equal parts and spray onto the area to be cleaned then wipe up with a wet sponge while others like to sprinkle baking soda on a lemon half and then scrub the grout that way. Lemon juice seems to be very effective when removing soap scum and water deposits. Running a hot shower to steam up the bathroom before cleaning it may loosen dirt and grime from grout and tile before you attempt to scrub it clean.

Commercial cleaning products with disinfectants can be found in most grocery, discount and other retail stores and they contain a variety of other chemical ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, and alcohol. Some of these products are more effective than others. Some people choose to create their own cleaning solutions with their own mixtures. Two popular formulas include mixing equal parts of vinegar and water or combining ΒΌ cup of bleach with a gallon of water. Bleach and rubbing alcohol seem to work well on removing stains from caulk that is around the grout at the seams of showers and tubs. Hardware and Home stores carry a wide array of tools and accessories that may make the clean-up of your bathroom and grout more easily. Many of these items are shaped and designed for a specific cleaning purpose.

A new and revolutionary idea that is becoming more popular is the use of steam pressure cleaners to remove dirt and mildew from bathroom floors. They are similar in concept ot carpet steam cleaners and work very much the same way. There are commercial companies that offer this service or you can do it yourself with equipment available and hardware, home or discount stores. The premise behind this method is that the use of heat, water and pressure will loosen and remove the dirt, mildew and germs and the vaccum suction will remove the debris quickly and effortlessly. With no fumes, minimal time involved, and no chemicals to worry about it appears to be safe and efficient. This is especially popular among people with small children, pets or someone with extreme allergies. It seems to be a safe, effective and potentially healthier way to clean grout since there are no toxic products used and no dust or dander that is stirred up that may be inhaled. However, this way is much more expensive than using natural or commercial cleaning products that are commonly used by most people. It may be an option to consider if you are purchasing an older home, have an infant in the household, have a severe allergy problem, or want to deep clean the bathroom grout.

Regardless of how you choose to clean your grout, here is one last thing you may want to consider in order to keep it looking nice longer. Many experts recommend that grout be sealed every 2-3 years after a thorough cleaning since it is a porous material that will absorb moisture and dirt, which will increase mold and mildew growth. These sealers can be professional applied or you can do it yourself with product from a local home or hardware store.

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