We often think that the bathroom is nickel after cleaning. But whoops, we realize that we forgot about the seals! Mineral deposits and soap residues tend to settle in them over time. Result: they turn blackish and need to be cleaned immediately. To avoid this rather common problem, we recommend you try different grandmothering techniques, one of which is more promising than the other.

Soap scum, mold stains and other dirt can all get stuck in the cracks of your tiles. These formations can give your joints different colors of white, orange or even gray and are anything but pretty to look at. Fortunately, with these simple methods, you don’t have to shy away from such a spectacle for fear of spending too much time cleaning.

How to effectively clean tile grout?

This method uses the cleaning and stain-removing properties of one of the most important natural ingredients in household cleaning.  It is simply white vinegar, which needs no introduction and in this case, unsurprisingly, turns out to be quite effective.

White vinegar is remarkable for slightly more difficult stains and, most importantly, is an excellent alternative to bleach, which is best avoided.  Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and lukewarm water, then spray the solution onto the items to be treated. Leave on for 5 minutes and then scrub with a used toothbrush. The effect will be immediate and your tile grout will shine with a thousand lights.

More infallible tips for effective cleaning of tile grout

This set of methods includes the use of recurring ingredients that you can safely use.

Use hydrogen peroxide in tile grout

Hydrogen peroxide is excellent against moderate stains. To use on tile grout, simply apply the liquid to the parts you want to clean, and if you find the dirt more stubborn, use a paste of 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons of baking soda .

  • Apply the paste to the joints;
  • Leave on for a few minutes;
  • Scrub with a used toothbrush;
  • Rinse with clean water and you’re done!
  • Use the mixture of white vinegar and sodium bicarbonate to whiten the tile grout lines

White vinegar is already effective on stubborn stains; its stain-removing power is enhanced by adding baking soda. To do this, first cover the dirty grout with a paste of baking soda and water, which you leave for a few minutes. Then spray vinegar on the affected parts and let the foam that forms work to loosen the dirt. Armed with your brush, all you have to do is rub gently before rinsing.

Dishwashing liquid and a used toothbrush for natural stone tile grout

Unlike porcelain or ceramic tiles, natural stone tiles have a porous surface. This means that cleaning is gentler and it’s better to avoid certain cleaning products that can damage them. So, if you notice a slight discoloration at the joints of your natural stone tiles, a toothbrush soaked with warm water and dishwashing detergent will be enough for cleaning. If you don’t have dishwashing liquid and black soap or bar soap, you can also use their cleaning and degreasing properties.

Use oxygen bleach and water

Oxygen bleach is mild unlike chlorine bleach, which is more aggressive and has a rather strong chemical smell. This solution remains one of the most effective when you are dealing with a particularly dirty tile grout. To use, be sure to air out the room first and follow the directions on the product.

  • Dilute 2 tablespoons of oxygen bleach in 2 cups of hot water;
  • Apply to joints with a brush;
  • Leave on for 10 minutes or longer, then rinse with clean water;
  • Wipe with a dry cloth to prevent dirt from becoming trapped in the seals again.

Although cleaning tile grout may seem tedious at first, these tips show that sometimes you can overestimate the difficulty of the task.