Removing grout from tiles

Regular cleaning of kitchen and bathroom tiles will prevent the mould, mildew and dirt from building up on kitchen and bathroom tiles, especially around the grout.

Many people do not realise how dirty their tiles are until they try cleaning a small area which then appears a completely different colour.

What is Tile Grout?

Grout is used to fill in the cracks in between your tiles. It is usually white or a pale cream, but can turn dark and stained due to the build up of dirt, mould and mildew.

Cleaning your Tile Grout

There are tile grout cleaner products that are sold in most hardware shops or supermarkets. The type of cleaning product you choose will depend on the colour of your tiles and the amount of cleaning required. A heavy duty cleaner may be necessary if your tiles have not been regularly cleaned.

Some cleaning solutions can be applied to the entire tile, and then you wait a while to let the solution sit before scrubbing the grout thoroughly.

Many grout cleaning products contain bleach which kills the mould and mildew that tends to grow on tile grout. This is needed as the mould may be growing beneath the surface, through the grout and cannot be washed off. This is why stains tend to persist if the tiles have not been regularly cleaned.

After you have scrubbed an area of tiles, wipe the dirt off with a towel and then give the entire area a good wash and scrub.

Published on 08/12/2010

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