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Grout Cleaning: More Important Than You Might Think

Grout Cleaning: More Important Than You Might Think

Here’s A Few Tips On Keeping That Grout Clean

tile restorationOwning a house can be a lot of work, we all know there is a lot of maintenance but it’s incredibly satisfying when you keep it up and have built a home for your family. With regular attention, the worry of having to tackle huge cleaning jobs in the future goes right out the window. Homeowners often focus on keeping their tile clean but underestimate just how important keeping up on grout cleaning is. Want to learn why your grout is just as important as any other aspect of your waterproof surfaces?

Why Is Grout Cleaning Neglected?

With regular upkeep and attention, tiled floors can last decades or even longer. Many people believe that cleaning grout is too difficult, but if the problem is tackled regularly there isn’t the tough build-up that discourages most people.

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What Do I Clean My Grout With?

Grout is a special mixture of water, cement, sand and coloring agents designed to waterproof the gaps between your tile. Because of this it’s important to never clean your grout with any harsh chemicals or abrasives. For everyday cleaning, a simple 1/4 cup of white vinegar, mixed with 1 gallon of water works well (remember acids can damage your tile). Or you can use Groutsmith’s proprietary cleaners designed specifically for your sealed grout. If it’s been a while since you did this kind of cleaning, it may be best to call in a professional for the initial restoration and then it’s back in your hands.

Sealing Your Grout Is Important Too

Grout sealer is the specialized product we apply to the surface to protect your grout and make this porous material water resistant. Once sealed the grout will no longer absorb the dirt and grime in water that usually seeps in and causes discoloration and bacteria growth, which makes for a harder time cleaning. Colored sealer can even add a design element to your tiled surfaces. A properly applied sealer makes grout and tile cleaning much easier down the road since your porous grout is what attracts most of the dirt and grime.

Why Is Grout Cleaning Important?

Grout cleaning is important in the maintenance of a home because when left to fester, bacteria and germs can build up and cause that musty smell we all hate. Not only is this unsightly and stinky for you and your guests, but it can also pose a health risk to your family and pets. Protect your home by making sure that buildup doesn’t happen.


Want to get a jump on the project? Just give Groutsmith Boise a call and we can clean and seal all of your tiled surfaces. After that it’s up to you.



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  • Amy Winters
    May 6, 2019, 7:44 pm REPLY

    As I was reading your article, you state that regular upkeep and proper care can keep tiled floors to last longer. My husband and I have tile, but not floors. I assume that the appropriate maintenance to the tiling surrounding our shower can prevent the need for grout repairs.

    • Jamie@Amy Winters
      May 7, 2019, 9:19 am REPLY

      Well of course it can. Many bathrooms in America have tile on the floor, but not always the walls or surrounding areas of a shower. So we use flooring as an example, but with the same care all tiled surfaces will last longer and be in less need of grout repair. In your line of work, do you see a lot of showers in Perth with tile walls but not floors?

  • Daphne Gilpin
    June 6, 2019, 9:22 am REPLY

    Thanks for explaining that tile floors can last up to a decade, as long as the grout cleaning isn’t neglected. My husband and I want to have new tile floors put in our bathroom and kitchen soon to match the new paint color we chose for the walls. I’m glad I read your article because you helped me see why having the grout cleaned regularly is something we should prioritize.

  • Tommy
    July 9, 2019, 3:20 pm REPLY

    Great guide to clean your tile and grout floors! I would highly recommend anyone reading this to hire the professionals to clean your tile and grout floors. Its back breaking work and can easily last many hours. Plus you need to seal the grout properly and many other things. Thanks for the info!

  • Jay Jorgenson
    July 30, 2019, 8:12 am REPLY

    My mom wants to know how to clean the grout. I like that you explain to mix a 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 gallon of water to clean the tile. Thank you for the information. I’ll provide this information to her so she can clean the grout of our kitchen.

  • Benjamin Andrews
    October 11, 2019, 11:00 am REPLY

    I found it interesting that you state that it’s important to make sure to have water-resistant grout. My wife and I have been looking for ways that we can improve our home. I will keep this in mind and look for a company that does chemical grouting.


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