As homeowners get ready to list their homes for sale, a question they often ask us is how to get their tile grout looking fresh and clean. Time and again, we hear from people who are using lots of elbow grease, but are not getting the results they seek. The two key tips for homeowners are using the right (1) PRODUCT and (2) PROCESS.
Make sure you are using the right cleaning product for this task.
The Tile Council of North America suggests using an alkaline based cleaner such as Spic ‘n Span or Mr. Clean. Avoid using very acidic cleaners which can eat into grout or very oil/waxy ones (such as Pine Sol) which can leave a residue. The Tile Distributors of America also offers “soapless detergents” that work well for this job.
Because of grout’s porous nature, the dirt removed in the cleaning process is often re-lodged within its pores. The Council suggests using a shop vac or steam cleaner to avoid this pesky issue. You can find small versions (McCullough makes a nice one) that work well in tiny bathrooms.
If all else fails, consider hiring a professional. Such companies will clean grout and if need be, recolor it or replace it. We are always happy to recommend vendors for such chores. C
Just contact us if you need a referral for this or any other household project.
Lastly, once your grout is looking fresh, be sure to seal it to avoid this same issue down the line. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much of a difference sparking clean grout makes!