Grout. Nothing about it sounds appealing – but the function that grout serves is undeniable. Grout is used to lock the tiles tight, keep water out, and provide a finished look to your new tiled surface. It is, however, a porous (and pain in the butt) substance that easily absorbs dirt, dust and grease and harbors bacteria and microorganisms. And because of all its really great porous properties – grout is prone to staining, soiling, and mold growth.
Ok, so on to the positive part of this grout talk! Did you know that sealing the grout will help protect it from all these unsightly things? Make sure you talk with your contractor about a sealer that is recommended for your particular tile application. And, keep in mind, that you will have to re-seal the application in a few years and should consider this basic maintenance for the overall health of the project.
Here is the best way to clean grout:
- Apply hot water to remove any surface dirt and grime before you spray on your (approved) cleaning solution
- Let the cleaning solution sit on the surface for about 5 or more minutes (depending on the level of grime)
- Once you feel that the cleaning solution has had time to work its magic you can start cleaning the grout with a soft brush (like a tooth brush) – it is important to note that you should never use a metal brush or anything harsh as it will scratch the tile and potentially break the grout
- Rinse with hot water and enjoy the sparkle!
Remember, knowing how to clean dirty grout improves the look and extends the life of your tile. It’s a win-win!