Cleaning grout on tile floor isn’t fun.
In the coolest homes, ceramic and porcelain tiled floors are what’s hot!
Especially those super-size, super-light porcelain tiles which make your rooms feel larger than they are. But terrazzo, slate and ceramic tiles have always been popular especially in kitchens, bathrooms and areas of heavy footfall like entrance ways and vestibules.
Let’s face it those are some of the areas where dirt gathers most easily. As grime builds up slowly, you may not notice it quite so much. But once on a while, you’ll feel a need to cut through to reveal the original color, to return your floor to that just-laid look. Even if you stay on top of your cleaning tasks regularly, you may still need special measures to clean the grout that sets your tiles off so well.
So here are a cupboard-full of tools and tips to help make it easier to clean your grouting – from hi-tech to low-tech, from modern to traditional.
Falling firmly in the realm of modern and hi tech, this cordless, re-chargeable set of cleaning brushes is designed to work with any cleaning solution to lighten your burden. It lets you get at hard to reach places and allows you to apply an even pressure across all angles and surfaces. The kit comes with a range of brushes for different surfaces and multiple handle extensions. This is probably the best way to clean grout in shower.
You can use it with any of the cleaning products that you are familiar with – even the “natural” remedies that we’ll get to later. Products like No Nonsense Grout Cleaner or HG Grout Cleaner can still be used with this equipment as can simple bathroom cleaners like Cif. If you have reduced mobility or you just have a lot of surfaces to cover, this kit can help you clean quicker and more efficiently.
Again, up in the high-tech and high price range is this steam-powered wonder which uses plain water to steam-treat your surfaces. The cleaner comes with a range of attachments and fittings to help you handle the toughest jobs. For cleaning tiled floors, you’ll find the long extension and floor cleaning pads are ideal. You can switch to specialist nozzles for intricate, hard-to-reach areas or super-dirty sections like you’d find around cookers, barbecues or even pool-side.
Steam power can help clean any number of surfaces and this tool’s carefully selected range of accessories will let you tackle jobs you didn’t think possible. If you’ve never experienced the power of cleaning with steam, you’ll be amazed the first time you give it a try.
This is one of a range of brushes from OXO designed for those who like to get up close and personal with their cleaning! They are an innovative and well-built range of hand-held scrubbing brushes designed for tough jobs around the house. The grout brush is narrow and firm so you can apply pressure where it’s needed. The all-purpose brush in the range gives you a wider scrubbing surface but you can still apply the same pressure thanks to the clever combination of bristles and the ergonomic handle.
If you are determined to get down on your knees to scrub your floor, these are a good solution. You’ll be one your knees, but for less time than you might expect!
This is a clever, modern update of a traditional mop. As you move around the floor, the mop head is free to rotate so that dirt can be ejected from under the head. You need the accompanying bucket and its integrated, foot-powered centrifugal spinner to keep your mop clean and extend your cleaning cycle. The head itself is made from modern microfibers which are optimized to pick up grime quickly yet drop it off effectively when needed. You can use the Spin Mop with any standard cleaning products that you choose. It just gives you a more efficient means of cleaning.
This concentrated bio-degradeable solution is one example of a modern cleaning product produced by a reputable name in the home cleaning industry. It is designed to be applied using a Hard Floor Cleaner or a tile grout cleaning machine when you need to cover a large surface area. Alternatively, you can deploy with a scrubbing brush in hand to get into the grouting. You could also use with a standard mop and bucket. Take care, this product can cause skin and eye irritation.
This excellent, often-overlooked, natural cleaning product is available from a variety of manufacturers including Heinz, Aunt Fannie’s and Great Lakes. Think vinegar and you think lingering smell? Not with vinegar like this. That long-lasting aroma comes from malt vinegar. Clear cleaning vinegar (also known as white vinegar) behaves completely differently. It cuts through grease and grime in no time. It is perfectly safe for children and pets to be around while you clean – there is nothing harmful about it. It doesn’t leave residues or stains – it cleans quickly and efficiently. You can apply it in a variety of ways from spray ‘n’ wipe to mix ‘n’ mop. Whichever method you use, you can be sure the results won’t disappoint.
This is another one of those tips handed down or forgotten from previous generations. Although most well known for its use in foods, “Bicarb” makes for an excellent cleaning product. You mix into a smooth paste and rub it in to the grime. Simply leave to work for a few minutes then carefully wash it away with water. It’s almost magical and the best homemade grout cleaner you can have ready in minutes.
If your surface is especially grimy or greasy, you can even use the combined power of bicarb and cleaning vinegar. Dissolve your bicarb in a vinegar solution, then apply with a scrubbing brush to those deep set dirty grout lines. Then just sit back and watch while the little chemicals do their work, bubbling away. Then gently wash away with water.
You shouldn’t need to scrub, just let nature take its course. It’s brilliant to watch. Bring the family along to help! Your kids will love it. A science project in action. You may even persuade them to do the job for you.