Your grout is an important part of your home’s interior design and it requires regular maintenance to keep it looking good. Knowing the nos and yeses of grout care can help you keep your grout in great shape for years to come. Let's break down the do's and don'ts of grout maintenance.
Do: Clean Regularly
Clean your grout regularly with a mixture of hot water and mild detergent. For tough stains, use a soft brush or abrasive cleaner to scrub gently. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly after cleaning and allow it to dry completely before applying sealer.
Do: Seal Regularly
Sealants can help protect your grout from staining and damage caused by water and dirt. Apply a sealant once every year or two depending on how much traffic the area receives. To apply, simply follow the directions on the product packaging.
Don’t: Use Bleach or Ammonia-Based Products
Never use bleach or ammonia-based cleaners on your grout! These products will strip away any sealant you have applied, leaving your grout vulnerable to staining and other damage. Only use mild detergents when cleaning your grout as these are less abrasive and less likely to cause harm.
Don’t: Use Acidic Cleaners
Acidic cleaners can damage both natural stone tiles as well as sealing products that have been applied to them, so they should be avoided at all costs! If you must remove a stubborn stain, opt for an alkaline cleaner instead which is safer for both tile surfaces and sealants alike.
Properly maintaining your grout can help ensure that it looks great for years to come! The key is knowing what not to do, like using bleach or acidic cleaners; as well as what you should do like cleaning regularly with mild detergents and resealing every year or two depending on traffic levels in the area. By following these simple tips you can keep your home looking beautiful inside and out!