How To Clean Grout and Remove Stains 
 
This has to be one of the most tedious and time-consuming household chores ever. Although the actual job is a pain, it is very rewarding and the results can be stunning. 
Many people don’t realize that odors can be held within the grout. The grout is also a place for dirt, grime and bacteria to live. 
 
There are many grout cleaners available. They are usually expensive and have caustic chemicals in them.  
 
There is a simple home remedy which will have your grout looking great without the expense of or the use of chemicals in purchased cleaners. 
Cleaning Tools Required: 
• Broom 
• Mop or sponge 
• Clean, soft cloth 
• Scrub brush 
• Toothbrush 
• Small container 
• Bucket 
 
Grout Cleaner Recipe: 
• 1 cup of vinegar 
• 1 lemon, halved 
• 2 cups of baking soda 
• 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid 
• Hot water 
 
Steps to Clean: 
1. Sweep the entire area in which you plan to clean the grout with a broom. Be sure to get in the corners of the room as well. If the tiles are on the wall, be sure to dust them off to remove all dirt and cobwebs. Any dust or dirt will impede your progress. 
2. Put 1 cup of vinegar into the bucket. Add a gallon of very hot water. Squeeze the juice of a halved lemon into the bucket and then toss it into the bucket. The lemon tossed in the bucket is merely for the aroma. The lemon juice that is added helps to make this an effective cleaner. 
3. Scrub the tiles with a sponge using the solution in the bucket. The surface must be completely dry to continue, so sit down and have a cup of coffee. This will prepare yourself for the hard work ahead! 
4. Wash the bucket out thoroughly to remove all residue. 
5. In a small container, mix the baking soda with a cup of hot water and the juice of the remaining half of the lemon. Keep stirring the solution until it forms a thick paste. 
6. Use a scrubbbing brush or toothbrush to apply the paste to the grouted areas. Work in small areas that are no larger than one square foot. Any larger area will only create a bigger mess. 
7. Scrub the grout in a circular motion. You will need to use some elbow grease to get the grime out of grout. 
8. Fill the bucket with warm water. Use the soft cloth to remove any remaining paste and to make the tile and grout sparkle. 
9. Continue this process throughout the tiled area for beautifully, clean grout. 
 
Cleaning Mold and Mildew Stains: 
Here are a few helpful tips if there is an area of the grout that is severely stained: 
 
Using Commercial Products 
1. To remove stains like from and mildew, purchase a product like Dettol Mold & Mildew. You should apply it to your stained grout with an old toothbrush. Afterwards, you should scrub it and then dry with a towel. 
2. You can also try a pumice stone. To use it, follow the instructions on the package, the most important thing to remember is to use lots and lots of water (keep it flowing) so you don't damage the surface. Use a very light touch when cleaning. 
3. Use a bleach pen that can be used directly on the grout that can get to stains in cracks and crevices and bleach staining from mold and mildew directly. 
 
Keeping Your Grout Clean and Mildew Free: 
After you have thoroughly cleaned the grout and there are no stains remaining, let it dry completely (about 3 to 5 days), then seal the grout. 
This will help protect the grout from water seeping in and drying it out and help to keep it clean. Grout sealers can be purchased at home improvement stores and is recommended by many professionals that grout should be resealed every six months. 
Reapplying grout sealer should always be done after you have aggressively cleaned it. 
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