Grouts could keep appliances and tiles in place but it can also bring pains to clean. Cleaning grouts surely needs effort and time to keep them free of mildew and mold.
Although the cleaning requires effort, letting the grouts exist, especially in the bathroom, will make us uncomfortable in the room.
To help you with the cleaning, here are some tips to clean the grouts in the shower:
1. Steam Clean the Grouts
One of the most environmentally friendly and effective way to clean the grouts is using a steam cleaner.
To use this machine to clean the grouts, you need to outfit it with a pointed and thin nozzle. Also, if possible, you need to attach a brush to the steam cleaner.
The use of the nozzle is to reach the grout lines. When you clean the grout lines, make sure you apply the steam continuously and simply follow the lines of the grouts using the steamer.
Even if your steam cleaner is not able to reach all the grouts perfectly, the steamer will somewhat clean the grouts and help you loosen the debris and dirt so that it will be easier for you to clean them using other cleaning products.
2. Attack the Grouts with Vinegar and Baking Soda
You may have heard many people or articles recommending the use of baking soda and vinegar to clean up grouts. Yes, those two materials are really effective. What you need are 30 grams of baking soda and enough water to create a baking soda paste. Get the enough amount of the baking soda so that you can make a thick baking soda paste.
Once you finish making the paste, get a tooth brush and brush the grouts using it. After that, scrub the grouts. For the best results, you need to utilize a new toothbrush that comes with hard bristles. The hard bristles will scrub those grouts away. Just make sure you do the scrubbing in circular motions not back and forth movements.
Once you are done with the scrubbing, spray the area of the grouts using the solution made of vinegar and warm water. Spray it and let it bubble for 30 minutes. Then scrub the baking soda paste and also the vinegar into those grouts again. Finally, rinse those areas using clean water.
3. Use the Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Previously, it is mentioned that you can clean up grouts using baking soda and vinegar. In fact, baking soda can be mixed with another cleaning product to remove all the grouts. To utilize these products to clean up the grouts, you need to make a thin paste of the mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
Once you finish making the paste, grab a toothbrush to apply the paste on the grouts. Whenever necessary, pour additional peroxide to ease the grouts cleaning. Let the paste stay for a while. Finally, rinse the surface or the areas using warm water.
When cleaning the grouts using peroxide and baking soda, make sure you pay attention to the following notes:
You should not mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar. Instead, clean the grouts area thoroughly and then wait for some days before applying the method.
Second, if you think that hydrogen peroxide doesn’t really remove the grime and the dirt, you should know that at least the peroxide can remove the stains so that it can improve the grout appearance and can kill any present mold.
4. Using Lemon Juice and Borax
If you find it difficult to purchase hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda, you can try cleaning up the grouts in your shower using lemon juice and borax. What you need to prepare and buy are a small bowl, 63 grams of borax, 3 ml of lemon oil, and any liquid soap. All those materials are used to make a paste to remove the grouts.
To do the cleaning, you will need a toothbrush. With the brush, scrub the paste you have made into the grouts. Make sure you scrub the surface with grouts thoroughly. If needed, do the scrubbing for a couple of times. After that, simply rinse the surface with water. To get the best results, use warm water instead of the cold one.
5. Use Commercial Grout Whitener and Cleaner
If you think the materials above don’t really help you clean the grouts in your shower, you can always opt for commercial grout cleaners and whiteners that are sold in the market. There are lots of cleaners sold out there that are specifically designed and made for grout cleaning. Most of those products could be bought at any hardware stores.
Although you can get the product easily, you still need to pay attention to any instructions provided with the manufacturers. You need to always follow all the safety precautions. Remember that these commercial grouts cleaner and whitener products are strong cleaning products. Follow all the recommended cleaning steps.
For your information, the commercial grout cleaners will include the following: Goo Gone Grout, Zep, Tilex Tile and Grout, and Outrageous.
6. Give the Products of Oxygen Bleach a Try
Finally, you also have an option for grout cleaning using oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is actually another name of sodium percarbonate. This is a special compound that is made of soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide. There are a lot of brands of oxygen bleach in the market. To mention some, you can find OxiClean, Bio Kleen, Cloroz, and Oxi Magic.
To use these products, you simply need to mix it with water. To mix it properly, follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers of the products you are using. The instructions are usually written on the containers of the products. Once you get the mixture, you could directly apply the solution to the grouts affected area and then let the solution sit for about 60 minutes. After that, scrub the area using a brush and finally rinse the area.
There are lots of products you can use to remove grouts in your shower. No matter what material you are using for the grout cleaning, make sure you always follow the cleaning instruction, especially when you are using strong cleaning product.