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.

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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.