When the grout lines in your tile start to get dirty and grungy, it’s time to clean them up. Dirty grout can give off the appearance that your business’ space is dated or not well cared for. There are a number of cleaning agents you can try to get your grout lines in good shape again. If you tend to head right for the bleach, there might be some other options to consider that can clean them just as well. Now let’s take a closer look at how to clean grout at your business.
How to Clean Grout at your Business
After you mop the tile floor of your lobby, showroom, kitchen, or restrooms, you’re ready to start scrubbing the grout lines. You’ll need a few tools like rags, a sponge, a toothbrush, water, a kneeling pad, gloves, and a mask for this grout cleaning job.
- Baking Soda This is a great option to try to restore the original color of your grout. It’s gentle on humans, and tough on your grime and dirt. Gather your supplies, and use some water and baking soda to create a paste. You can place the paste on some on the tile next to where you are working. With the toothbrush, work your baking soda paste around on the grout for a bit and then rise with your sponge and water. If you see good results with this option, continue on with the rest of your grout area. Consider mopping or wet wiping the entire area when you have completed the grout cleaning to avoid any remaining baking soda.
- Hydrogen Peroxide If you find the baking soda is doing an ok job of eliminating your grout dirt, but you need just a little extra, consider hydrogen peroxide. You can mix baking soda, water and hydrogen peroxide in a nonmetal bowl and apply with your toothbrush. Hydrogen peroxide is a gentle but effective whitening solution. Consider leaving it on for a short time to see how it does to brighten your grout.
- Store-bought Cleaning Solution If you find the baking soda is too gentle on your grout lines, you can bump up to a cleaning solution that will still be gentle on your tile. Just spray on and scrub again with your toothbrush. Continue this process until all of your grout is clean and wipe down the entire area so your tile is rinsed well.
- Store-bought Cleaning Solution with Bleach High-traffic areas are more likely to lead to especially-dirty grout, and need something tough to clean and brighten them. You will want to use gloves with these products, and either a mask or to make sure to keep the area well-ventilated. With these bleach-based cleaning solutions, you will also want to read the directions to confirm that they will be safe on your type of tile and grout. The directions will guide you specifically to the process of usage. You might have to spray and wipe, or spray and let sit for a period of time. Remember to give the area a good wipe and rinse when you have finished so you don’t leave this harsher chemical residue behind, which could be an irritant to your customers and employees.
Make Time to Clean your Grout
These are all great suggestions to get your grout good and clean, but they can be time-consuming. Remember to section out a number of hours in your schedule if you are scrubbing your tile floor, especially if it’s a large space and you need to work around business hours. You will be so glad you did when you’re done and you have clean grout lines again.
And if you’re curious how the pros clean grout lines, we’ve got a post that discusses that, too!
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