When you notice your pretty peach colored grout has turned black, it is time to learn how to clean tile grout. Tile grout can be fairly easy to clean. You don’t have to rent machines or hire a professional to do it.

How to Clean Tile Grout

Learning how to clean tile grout and doing a great job is easy and you might have what you need in the house already.

Rejuvenating Floor Tile Grout

The floor’s grout usually looks black from improperly mopping the floor. All that dirt gets shoved into that crack where the grout resides. Everyday dirt is a good thing, in this case anyway.

What you need to clean the grout with the least amount of work is Borax. You’ll find Borax (from 20 Mule Team slogan fame) in the laundry detergent isle. It is a mineral that loves to eat up organic stains and break loose dirt.

Mix 1 cup of Borax with enough boiling water to dissolve it and work it into a runny paste. Take that paste to your floor and scrub in a little bit of the paste into the grout with a toothbrush or floor brush. Let it sit while you work more areas. Take a break and wipe up the Borax, rinse and do more grout in the same way.

Cleaning Soap Scum from Bathroom Tile

The best thing in the world to break down soap scum is citric acid. You can buy it from a soap making supplies company or a beer making company. It is the stuff bath fizzies and lemonade are made from.

Put 1 cup of citric acid in a bowl of warm water. Use a floor brush to scrub your tiles. You’ll notice a weird smell as the citric acid breaks down the soap and releases it from the tile. When you’re done, rinse and scrub your tile with cleanser and water.

See? Learning how to clean tile grout is easy!

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