You fastidiously mop your floors every week.
You wipe your feet constantly and you’re extra careful about spillages.
You even break out the toothbrush and a serious dollop of elbow grease every so often.
And yet, your grouting is a wicked greenish brown mess.
Why the heck does this happen?
And what can you do about it?
Read on to find out.
Why Grouting Stains So Easily
Most grouting is made of particularly fluid cement, which allows it to quickly fill the gaps in between your tiles. Unfortunately, it’s also rough and porous, which is why grout gets so dirty so easily.
No matter how fastidiously you clean your floors, the very nature of grouting material means it’s going to attract dirt. It’s that simple. You need to sweep and vacuum often to keep the dirt at bay.
But dirt is not the only reason for unsightly grouting. There are also other, less obvious causes.
Cloudy Water, Cloudy Grouting
Because grouting is so porous, it readily absorbs anything that gets on it. This includes the water you use to clean it.
Dirt particles in cloudy water readily stick to the rough grout material and are trapped in. Over time, your grout will start looking less pearly white and more nightmare black.
And that’s not all.
Using too much detergent can be equally bad for your tiles, because it leaves a residue that actually attracts more dirt. Besides, if you live in an area where the water is hard, chemicals in the water can react with the detergent to create soap scum. This binds to your grouting and makes it look even more gross.
Even though it may sound counter-intuitive, cutting down on detergent and rinsing with clean water more often can work wonders for your tiles.
Give Your Tiles Some Fresh Air
Has your grouting taken on a whitish grey hue?
If so, you might be looking at a mildew infestation.
Mildew tends to form in humid areas with poor ventilation, such as bathrooms. It doesn’t just look bad, it’s also a hotbed of bacteria and foul smells. Ignore it, and it will quickly spread wherever it can.
The first thing to do if you have mildew on your grouting is to wash it with a mixture of clean water and household bleach. This will kill off the bacteria and prevent any further spread.
You should also take care to ventilate your room as much as possible. The better the air circulation in your home, the less likely it is that mildew will form on your grouting.
For The Best Results, Get Professional Help
Have you tried every trick in the book, but the stains on your grouting still refuse to co-operate?
Or perhaps you simply can’t spare the time and effort to make your tiles look their best?
If so, it’s time to get some professional help.
Professional tile and grout cleaners have specialized equipment that attacks the deepest reaches of your tile and grout and extracts even the toughest dirt and stains. They’ll also apply special sealant, which will protect your newly cleaned grout and keep it looking great for longer.
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