Grout is composed of a mixture of water and cement, sometimes with the addition of sand, coloring, or final ground gravel. This porous and rough texture means it tends to absorb a combination of dirt, mold, and mildew into its microscopic crevices over time. It can be difficult trying to decide whether to scrub and scrub or risk using highly toxic and harsh chemicals to get stains out. For effective cleaning, a combined force is needed.

Bleach is not a cure-all

We sometimes tend to reach for the bleach when it comes to tough cleaning jobs.  However, while bleach is an effective mold spore killer, simply soaking your tile and grout in it won’t solve all your stains or prevent mold from coming back. The “dirt” within your tile grout is often behind a layer of soap scum (if in the bathroom) or food particles (if in the kitchen). This layer doesn’t have to be very thick to interfere with the chemical breakdown that cleaning products are working with at the molecular level. You’ll need to scrub to activate the whitening effects of bleach beyond the layers of dirt and scum on top.

Consider a darker grout color

If you’re consistently having trouble keeping your grout clean no matter how hard you try, it may be worth your time to recolor your grout. Having a busy family, being an outdoorsman that regularly tracks dirt into the house, or having a bright white grout that requires more frequent cleaning than other colors may not work with your lifestyle. ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning Services offers grout coloring services in the New Orleans area and we’d be happy to help you decide on a color that continues to accent your living areas while being easier to manage.

Greener options

Try out the following at-home non-toxic cleaners for your tile and grout, note that all of these products will require some scrubbing on your part:

  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Vinegar
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Oxygen bleach powder

If you’re not into scrubbing, then put down the cleaning brush and call ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning Services today, we’re experts on all hard surface floor cleaning jobs and can get your tile and grout looking like new again. If you’re in New Orleans or its surrounding areas and need professional tile and grout cleaning, look no further than ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning Services.