Are you tired of dingy, yellowing grout in your kitchen or bathroom? If so, you’re not alone. Dirt and grease can build up on grout lines over time and cause them to discolor. Thankfully, there are easy and quick ways to clean and restore the original color of your grout!
Use appropriate cleaning supplies
Unfortunately, many things can cause your lovely white grout to become discolored. More often than not, it’s your use of harsh, abrasive cleansers that turn your white grout yellow.
Try to avoid ingredients like bleach to prevent yellowing. Research the cleaners you’re using and be sure you’re using ones that are safe for your specific material and grout. You can also try a diluted vinegar and water solution for a gentle clean.
Another thing to keep in mind: Be sure you’re using clean supplies. Rinse out your sponges, swap out your mop water often, and use a fresh rag every once in a while to prevent dirt buildup.
Note: If the discoloration is brown or black rather than yellow or pink, that could signify that you have a mold or mildew problem, which can be hazardous to your health. In that case, you’ll need to get a bit more aggressive, focusing on killing the organisms first before worrying about the color of your grout. Source: Angi
Mix vinegar and warm water
If you know your grout has been sealed but it has accumulated heavy dirt or mild stains, turn to vinegar, that trusty old household staple. Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray the mixture on the grout, let it stand for 5 minutes, then scrub the surface with a stiff brush. Avoid using vinegar on unsealed grout.
Make a baking soda paste
Cleaning grout with baking soda will bring even more power to the party. Here’s what to do: Cover grout lines with a paste of baking soda and water, then spray on the vinegar solution listed above (remember, only apply vinegar if the grout has been sealed). Once the mixture stops foaming, scrub with a brush, rinse with plain water, and wipe dry. If the grout is unsealed or needs resealing, apply just the baking soda solution and scrub carefully. Source: BobVila
Consider grout renewal
And when the above doesn’t work to remove the stains, there’s one more thing you can do short of replacing the entire grout: grout renewal. There are retail products to consider that add a layer of color and protection against future staining and can extend the life of your grout for quite a few years. Source: TheSpruce
If you’re tired of looking at discolored grout lines, we can help! We know the quickest and easiest ways to clean your grout and make it look like new. Contact us today for more information.