New Home Owner Mondays – Cleaning Grungy Grout

by Rachel Laurendeau on November 11, 2013

tile refinishing TennesseeWelcome to this week’s installment of “New Home Owner Mondays.” As a new home owner, you may have inherited a less than stellar looking bathroom or a bathroom that needs a little TLC to make it shine.

Grout, like caulk, is prone to mold and mildew. There are a number of commercial chemical cleaners that claim to clean grout and there are numerous home made eco-friendly alternatives as well. These two simple DIY solutions require some elbow grease but should do the trick:

1. Clean grout with a toothbrush and environmentally friendly cleaner so that you’re starting with a clean, dry surface. In a spray bottle, mix ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water. Spray it onto the grout and let dry. No need to rinse. It is recommended that you do this on a regular basis to prevent the mildew from coming back. You can also try with vinegar. (Reference: HowToCleanStuff.net)

2. Once again, start with a clean, dry surface. Mix 2 Tbsp of oxygenated bleach (OxiClean or other similar product) in 2 cups of warm water to dissolve. Soak a toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the grout in a circular motion. You could also make a simple paste out of the oxygenated bleach and water and dip your toothbrush into that. Wipe clean and allow to dry. (Reference: Houzz.com)

Finally, if simply cleaning the tile and grout isn’t enough and you’re dealing with damaged tile, I recommend looking into tile refinishing. This is a much simpler, quicker and more cost-effective way of upgrading your bathroom without completely replacing all of tile work. If you aren’t sure where to find someone who does this kind of work, talk to your local tub refinishing or sink resurfacing experts.

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