So what is grout, exactly? Many people discuss grout and grime as if they are one in the same, but they are not. Grout is a thin mortar used to fill gaps between tiles or bricks. Grime is the actual buildup that accumulates on grout resulting in an unsightly appearance. Excessive moisture in the bathroom also encourages the growth of mold and mildew on grout, which can trigger allergies and lead to other conditions. When grout is poorly maintained, it usually has to be replaced repeatedly.
Methods for Removing Grout
If grout is cleaned properly, it simply lasts longer. Grout cleaning is any method used to remove grime, mildew, and chemical residues from grout. Several grout cleaning methods include the traditional "brush and bleach" method and the more sophisticated, powerful steam cleaning method. The traditional method of grout cleaning is typically done by gently scraping the surface of the grout to remove loose grout first, then using a cleaner to remove tough stains and dirt. Some of the most popular chemicals for grout cleaning are either 100% bleach, products containing bleach, 100% alcohol, or products containing alcohol.
Traditional Grout Cleaning - Scrubbing Grout Away
Any traditional grout cleaning product should be applied to the grout then left for around one �� hour to an hour max. Once the grout cleaning product has had enough time to work its magic, a scrubbing tool such as a small brush or a toothbrush may be used to scrub away dirt. While small brushes work well, tooth brushes are probably the best scrubbers to use as they are small enough to fit between tiles for better contact. While the traditional method of grout cleaning may be time consuming and somewhat unpleasant, when done properly, this method is very effective.
Steam Grout Cleaning
When using powerful chemicals such as bleach and alcohol, gloves should be used and the area should be well ventilated. Steam grout cleaning is a more expensive method of grout cleaning, but it is less labor intensive and there is no need for chemical cleaners, solutions or scrubbing. Steam grout cleaning doesn't actually use steam for cleaning as the name implies. Steam grout cleaning works by using a continuous blast of high water pressure to the grout surface. The powerful and steady stream of hot water loosens the dirt, mold, and mildew. Once the blasting is complete, all it takes is a quick wipe to remove any excess dirt from the tile and grout.