Cleaning solutions | Home-made cleaner recipes to get rid of grout in tiles

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Grout lines are like skin pores; they readily absorb dirt and gunk. That's what makes cleaning tiles a bit of a headache. Passing a mop over the floors doesn't give the tiles their original clean look, and that's why most people opt for cleaning agents. However, these cleaning solutions may be too harsh on your tiles and even pose health risks particularly when your kids ingest them. Home-made solutions can help with the cleaning. They can effectively get rid of grout stains at a fraction of the cost. So if you're looking for cost-effective home-made ways for tile and grout cleaning, then here are some of the best techniques.

Use baking soda and vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda are some of the best cleaning solutions. For lighter stains, a wet sponge dipped in regular baking soda could be used to wipe the stains away. Warm water is a valuable addition in rinsing the tiles.

However, for tougher stains that have set in deep, then you'll require a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Also, go for strong white vinegar when dealing with tougher stains. Create a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it to the grout lines. Afterwards, mix a solution of white vinegar and water then spray it on the paste. Leave that mixture for a few minutes before scrubbing.

The science behind this technique is simple. The vinegar and baking soda react and chemically clean the tiles.

Go for steam cleaners

Another working technique is using a steam cleaner. The best part about this technique is that no chemicals are involved. Steam is highly recommended even for tougher stains. How steam cleaners work is simple; they heat water to very high temperatures and eject pressurised steam that gets between the grout lines. The high temperatures of steam loosen up any gunk and immediately gets rid of the dirt. The best of steam cleaners have got a brush attachment that additionally scrubs the dirt away as the steam is ejected.

But you need to be a bit careful if you've sealed the grout. Steam also gets rid of the sealant. So contact a sealing professional immediately you use this technique.

Use tea tree oil

If you've got mould on your grout lines, you can use tea tree oil in unison with other techniques. This oil comes from the leaves of a tea tree. All you need to do is add a few drops of this oil into the solution you're using and clean away. Tea tree oil would fight away the mould and even inhibit any mould from settling on your tiles.


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