Keeping your tile and grout looking brand new

Tile is a durable and beautiful way to upgrade your home. The choices nowadays are endless. Like everything else, however, tile gets dirty. And even dirtier still, are the grout lines between the tiles. Whether it is in the shower or on the kitchen counter or in the entry way floor, tile and grout have to be cleaned regularly or it gets to looking pretty bad.

Grout maintenance can be done by you, the homeowner, or you can hire it out. There are numerous companies out there employing various methods. One of the advantages to hiring one of these companies is they offer to seal the grout after they clean it. This will go a very long way to keeping it looking good for a long time. 

For those of you into the DIY movement, or who are simply watching the pennies there are several methods that will work well. 

First off all, you will need to assemble your supplies: rubber gloves, a bucket, a hard bristle scrub brush, several scrub sponges, and clean cloths for drying.

Next, you'll need to purchase the materials you plan to use that go with the elbow grease you will use. 

Here are several to consider:

  • 1/2 and 1/2 solution of vinegar and water. Spray on and leave for 15 minutes. Scrub, rinse and dry.
  • 3 parts baking soda to 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Mix to make a paste. Apply it and leave on for 30 - 60 minutes. Scrub, rinse and dry.
  • Apply baking soda directly to the grout and then spray on hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes and then scrub, rinse and dry.
  • Combine 1/4 cup OxiClean™ (designed to get your cloths extra clean) to 2 cups of warm water. Leave it on for 15 minutes, scrub and rinse.

Check out this great do-it-yourself video by Jeff Patterson, the Home Repair Tutor.

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