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My husband and I have really busy lives and often don't have time to clean the house. Unfortunately, both our kids have quite bad allergies to dust and mould, which means we need to keep the house spotless, which can be quite hard. We have started having a professional cleaning service come in a few times a week to give the house a good scrub while we are at work. It means that we can come home to a clean house. It means everyone is healthier, happier and less stressed out. This blog is for other parents of kids with allergies and has tips on how you can keep your house allergen free.

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Tips For DIY Tile and Grout Cleaning

by Clarence Shelton

If you have tiles in your home, then you have to regularly engage in tile and grout cleaning. Grout is the main material used to keep your tiles secured on the floor. Grout can also add aesthetic appeal to your tiled areas if you choose to include colour additives in it to make it stand out. However, grout is also a porous material. As such, it is prone to staining over time. This is especially true if the grout has not been properly sealed or if the grout is old and the sealant has worn off. The following are handy tips you can use for DIY tile and grout cleaning.

Get your prepping and cleaning tools assembled 

There are a number of tools that you would need when engaging in tile and grout cleaning. These will include a spray bottle, a bottle applicator, bleach or tile poultice, a scrubber, soft cloth preferably made from microfiber and grout sealant. To prep your tiled surfaces, start off by thoroughly scrubbing the stained grout lines. This scrubbing functions to remove any loose dirt and debris that may have accumulated and adhered onto the surface of the grout. Once the surface dirt has been removed, you can then start on eliminating the stains in your grout lines.

Clean the stained grout lines

If your tiles are secured with white grout, you can clean them with regular laundering bleach. Put the bleach in the spray bottle and linerally spray the grout lines. Once the bleach is sufficient, you can begin gently scrubbing the white grout lines to work the bleach into the stained areas. You should then leave the bleach to sit on the grouted lines for several hours so that all the stains can rise out of the grout. Cover the grout lines with cling-film so as to keep the bleach in place. After some time as passed, you can take off the cling film and rinse off the grout lines. If you encounter any stubborn stains, all you need to do is repeat the process until you are satisfied with the outcome. It should be noted that if you have coloured grout lines, then bleach would not be an appropriate stain remover. For homeowners with coloured grout lines, you should substitute the bleach with tile poultice.

Seal the cleaned grout lines

In order to keep your grout lines stain free, it is recommended to seal them. To do this, put the grout sealant into an applicator bottle. This will give you precise coverage as compared to simply pouring the sealant onto the grout. Ensure that your cleaned grout is dry before you apply sealant or bubbles will from beneath the layer of sealant.

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