Tile Grout Cleaning During the End of Tenancy Cleaning
Imagine the first time you have seen your house. You were impressed by the beautiful tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. However, the beautiful tile grout will not last long. There is a fine line that separates grimy and sparkling.
Like you, when it comes to grout and cleaning dirty grout lines in the kitchen and bathroom, it usually is at the bottom of the cleaning checklist. Even with a lot of elbow grease, it is impossible to achieve sparkling results like it was. You will need an effective way to remove the dirt from the grout, especially during the end of tenancy cleaning.
We recommend hiring professional cleaners to handle your end of tenancy cleaning. At Urban Care, our listed experts can handle bathroom and kitchen floor cleaning well and leave them spotlessly clean, including dirty grout lines.
However, if you want DIY tips to clean your grout, you should read this blog post. We are writing down the best ways to keep the grout clean and impress your landlord. Who knows? It might help you get your deposit back without a hitch.
What You Need
- Dependable nylon-bristled brush
- Clean bowls
- Spray bottle
- Latex gloves
- Steam cleaner
- Old toothbrush
- White vinegar
- Oxygen bleach
- Chlorine bleach
- Baking soda
- Kitchen cleaner (non-abrasive type)
Let us Begin!
The key to effective cleaning of the grout is to start with less abrasive cleaners like baking soda and vinegar, then gradually move to mildly abrasive ones like chlorine bleach or steam cleaner, if needed.
Water and Vinegar
Fill a spray bottle with equal parts warm water and vinegar and a squirt of soap. Gently mix the solution by turning the bottle. Avoid shaking it. Spray the solution on your tiles and leave it for about fifteen to twenty minutes. While still wet, scrub the tiles firmly using your nylon-bristled brush.
Check if the rinse water is dark. That means your technique is working. If it does not work, proceed to the next method.
Baking Soda, Water, and Vinegar
If the water and vinegar combo did not work in removing the grime and dirt from your tiles, you need to level up the cleaning with an abrasive.
The pantry staple, baking soda, is considered a mild abrasive. Make a thick baking soda paste by combining a quarter cup of baking soda and water in a bowl. With your old toothbrush, apply the paste to the grout.
Using water and vinegar solution from the previous method, lightly mist the tiles. You will notice the foaming of the baking soda paste. Scrub it immediately using the nylon-bristled brush. After this, rinse the tiles with cool, clean water.
In a bowl, make a baking soda paste, like in the previous step. However, instead of water, use hydrogen peroxide. Apply the paste into the tile grout using a toothbrush. Don’t forget to wear latex gloves. Scrub it with a toothbrush or nylon-bristled brush. After scrubbing, rinse with cool, clean water.
When the previous method does not work, it’s time to bring out the oxygen bleach. Wash the tiles and spray the product into the tile grout. Let the oxygen bleach sit for five minutes before scrubbing. Rinse it thoroughly and leave it to dry.
Mildly Abrasive Kitchen Cleaner
There are non-chlorinated cleaning products that are mildly abrasive and do not scratch the surface. Most of these cleaners are made with fine salt, feldspar, and limestone. It helps scrub away the grime and dirt.
Use a toothbrush to scrub the tile grout with a paste from combining water with the cleaner. Rinse it off with cold water.
An alternative to the previously mentioned cleaning products is a chlorine-based solution. However, you must be careful as this product can erode the grout. Before using the chlorine bleach, make sure to remove all the traces of vinegar. Mixing the two will produce a dangerous toxic gas.
Put a small amount of chlorine bleach in a bowl. Using a wet toothbrush, lightly dab it to the bleach to create a paste. Start scrubbing the grout. Rinse and let it dry.
When all else has failed, take out your home steam cleaner. Direct the steam to the tile surface and scrub the grout with the nylon-bristled brush attachment. Allow the water to reach its boiling point before using.
Call a Pro
If all your efforts in cleaning your grout have failed, you still have one weapon left, your mobile phone. Call in a professional end of tenancy cleaning contractor to do them for you. Urban Care has experts on its list who can help.
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