Most of the times, we face a challenge of a blocked shower that causes us to replace the entire shower. With time, grout in a ceramic tile shower can become stain from soap scum, dirt buildup, hair dye, or mildew. Grout is porous, stains can set in particularly if the grout isn’t sealed or if the sealant has worn off. It is better to remove the stain as soon as you notice grout on the surface. If you need to know how to remove grout stains, then keep reading this blog, it will help you in finding new rules of removing grout from everywhere in your home.
Here are some ideas for tackling your spring cleaning projects.
1. Be sure to sweep, clean, and mop your tiled floor as you normally would.
2. In a large bucket, mix a 1 to 2 ratio of a cleaner (such as Ceremiclean) to each gallon of water.
3. With a sponge mop, apply the solution from Step 2 onto the surface of your tile floor.
4. If your grout and tile are especially dirty, once Step 3 has dried, rinse the surface with fresh, clean, water.
5. Mix an oxygen bleach solution in a separate container. If you have colored grout find a strong solution sans bleach.
6. Apply this new solution directly to the grout.
7. Let it sit and soak in for at least 5 minutes.
8. Loosen the stains by scrubbing the whole area with a grout brush (a firm, synthetic brush; too soft of a brush will require more work on your part to loosen the stains, while a metal brush will wear away the grout).
9. Rinse again with the mop sponge and clean, fresh water.
10. Let the tile and grout dry overnight.
11. Apply a grout sealer the next day to keep your grout from getting stained in the future, being sure to test an inconspicuous spot before applying to the whole floor.
12. Apply a second coat of grout sealer after 30 minutes. Then let it dry for at least an hour.
13. A good rule of thumb is to re-apply the grout sealer once a year.
The best way to save yourself from the dreaded grout scrubbing experience is to spray down your shower with a 1:1 vinegar and water mix before you get out of the shower. Remember to keep the bottle out of the reach of kids and keep it in the shower. To keep your grout clean and stain-free, you can also wipe grout with alcohol to keep the cold and mildew at bay.