Grubby grout and tired old tiles makes the look of your bathroom and kitchen dirty. These tiles also tend to harbor mold and mildew, which can trigger serious health risks.
Here I have listed some powerful ways to clean tile & grout naturally. Following these steps, you can give these smooth surfaces a new lease of life in a natural way.
Preventing molds and mildew growths
The best place for mold and mildew to grow is hot places. Kitchens and bathrooms are hot and steamy places. Which gives mold and mildews the perfect chance to thrive. Moreover, the penetrable or uneven surface of grout is the perfect place for fungal growth to set up a hub.
By maintaining or reducing the moisture levels, you can prevent or reduce the growth of mold in grout and on tiled surface. A quick wiping of water/vapor’s from the tiles after shower or cooking will help to restrict the mold growth at bay. You can open windows, or switch on an exhaust or use a dehumidifier if you can afford one.
Soap scum, which can be made from using traditional cleaners and personal care products, helps mold and mildew to adhere to these surface, and allows them to double up quickly. A regular cleaning with natural products will work long way to cut down these residues.
Effects of Bleach
One of the most commonly used cleaners among the people. Chlorine bleach is usually the first choice by the people to deal with mold and mildew that pops up on grout and tiles. It’s also very effective to remove the build-up of soap residue. Still, bleach has some adverse effects that go way beyond discoloring cloths.
As printed on the label, simply inhaling the fumes from this corrosive liquid can be irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract.
Bleach is toxic to waterways and aquatic life, it comes from the organochlorine family of chemicals which are rarely found in nature and which take centuries to decompose.
The importance of elbow grease
To clean tiles and grout it’s important to note that a hands-on approach is needed.
When you bleach it, the mold color will also change to white and you will not be able to see. A hard scrubbing is necessary to penetrate the cleaning products into the tiny holes of the grout to remove the roots of mildews and the residues of the cleaning solution. An ideal tool would be toothbrush. You can use toothbrush to clean the grout lines and using a washcloth to wipe the tiles thoroughly.
Now you are aware about how bleach can ruin your tiles and grout. Let’s check some greener options.
Here I have listed few natural products you can pair with elbow grease to get sparkling tiles and clear grout.
You can use baking soda for regular light cleaning of water spots, minimal product residue and dust. Take a sponge and dip into a bowl of pure baking soda and apply on the affected area and scrub down the tiles and grout in bathroom and kitchen surface. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
When it comes to natural cleaners, vinegar is one of the most effective solution to deal with stain problems. Its acidic property creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and some bacteria. It is also good at removing soap scums, minerals deposits, water spot and many more.
Make a solution (Equal part of both) of distilled white vinegar with water in a bottle, and spray it directly on tile surface. Let it sit for few minutes before you start scrubbing with a brush or sponge. Extra tough stains may require the combination action of baking soda and vinegar.
You can also spray this mixture on tiles and glass surface after your shower because vinegar also works as a daily preventative agent.
Lemon juice is a favorite among the natural beauty enthusiasts because; it has capability to lighten marks and skin blemishes. It has a similar action when it comes to tile stains. It is an efficient stain remover. Just like vinegar, fresh lemon juice is acidic in nature and creates an unfriendly environment for mold and mildew. It works best when combined with baking soda.
Salt is also one of the best home hacks for cleaning. Salt kills single-cell organism, like molds by dehydrating them. You will be surprised to listen, in order to work; the area around the mold must be kept wet when the salt is applied.
For flat surface, you can use damp cloth and sprinkle on salt, before scrubbing the grouted parts. Leave it overnight and clean it in the morning.
The best way to remove the soap residue, dirt, bacteria and mold. Cleaners depend upon high heat and pressure to complete this task. Steam cleaning is great for grout lines and tiles.
If you require steam cleaning for your tile and grout then you need a professional cleaning company. LCS Janitorial Services is a professional cleaning company, which has the equipment, eco-friendly chemicals and technicians to do the right job. We provides tile and grout cleaning, grout sealing and grout coloring services in San Diego.
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