Cleaning the grout between the tiles doesn’t seem too hard. Just rinse, scrub, and dry, right? Actually, the process isn’t that simple. In fact, many of the DIY grout cleaning methods we hear of may do more harm than good. We’ll look at some of these methods and discuss why they’re ineffective and potentially damaging.
Scrubbing Doesn’t Work
Many homeowners believe they’re giving the grout a good cleaning by scrubbing non-stop. Common tools include an old toothbrush and motorized scrubbers. The scrubbing doesn’t clean the grout; all it does is move dirt over the pores without fully extracting it. You need to clean the grout at the pore level below the surface; otherwise, the grout remains dingy. Cleaning the grout deep into the pore requires steam extraction technology.
DIY Power Tools
We have seen some crazy homemade scrubbers where DIYers attach scrubbers to the end of a power drill. They believe the high-velocity spinning will do the trick. Unfortunately, the spinning motion still fails to reach the pores. On top of that, the high-speed rotation may cause scratches and cracks, especially if the brush contains firm bristles.
Power tools are not meant to be modified. Never use power tools other than for their intended purpose.
Hazardous Cleaning Liquids
Homeowners may also try to concoct their own homemade cleaning brew. A common cleaner is a mix of white vinegar and baking soda. The vinegar is especially bad due to its low pH balance. The acid will corrode the surface and lower the grout’s lifespan. The baking soda doesn’t do much either; all it does is produce foam when mixed with the vinegar.
DIY Grout Cleaning Is Not the Solution
Grout cleaning can’t be accomplished through sheer grunt work; it involves a very intricate process. We recommend tile cleaning as part of a bigger home spring cleaning that also includes carpet servicing and upholstery cleaning. Forget about DIY grout cleaning and call Rick’s Family Carpet Care instead.
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