The state of your grout is probably not your number one thought each morning, but it’s one of those semi-regular cleaning tasks that really should be on your to-do list. We take a look at why…
Tile surfaces have a (well earned) reputation as clean, hygienic and easy to keep looking great. Grout lines are used in-between the tiles to allow for contraction and expansion over time, but without a little TLC as you go, it can also become a trap for germs and debris. This can be especially true if the tiles are in a wet area like a bathroom, or even around a pool.
The quickest, safest way to ensure mould and dirt can’t get a footing in your grout is to use a grout sealer
This will also help water-proof the area. It was likely done when the tile surface was installed, but you can also seal (and re-seal) your grout after installation.
We suggest repeating annually for most areas. It’s as simple as painting on a few thick layers of grout sealer with a clean paintbrush. When the sealer stops sinking into the grout, you know you’ve finished the job. Wipe away any excess that spills onto the tiles while it’s still wet.
Commercial grout cleaners are not really needed for day-to-day cleaning, and can be very harsh to use
A weekly (or bi-weekly) scrub with vinegar and water is enough to keep things sanitary. Only opt for the stronger chemicals if you’re cleaning older grout, or if you have a lot of discolouration, mould or soap scum.
With a little care and attention, your grout (and tiles) will stay clean, hygienic and looking great for years to come.