Effective tips on how to clean grout

Whether they surround your shower, accent your bathtub, or protect your kitchen wall, tiles are versatile…
Effective tips on how to clean grout
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Whether they surround your shower, accent your bathtub, or protect your kitchen wall, tiles are versatile and practical. To keep your tiles looking fresh, you will need to learn how to clean grout. Tiles are a popular choice for flooring, both indoor and outdoor.

This preferred material outlasts almost any other type of flooring or wall covering. It is abrasion- and wear-resistant, making it an excellent choice for the floor. Tile is also stain- and moisture-resistant, which is why it is ideal for use in high-humidity areas of the home, such as bathrooms. Regardless, no matter where you place tile, its color permanence means it will never fade in the sun.

With so many practical reasons to install tile in the home, it’s no wonder it’s a top choice for many homeowners. However, the products used to secure tile to the walls or floor do require maintenance. Grout, the filler space between your tiles, tends to collect dirt, dust, and grime.

What is grout?

Grout is made up of a hardener and resin. It can be purchased in a variety of colors and textures and, for the most part, is impervious to most stains and chemicals; however, there is always an exception. Anyone who has tile in a busy walkway or installed along a shower wall will notice the color change, especially if your grout is a shade of white.

How to clean grout

Although cleaning grout can be a bit of a challenge, there are simple methods to reclaim its original shade.

Epoxy grout

If you are completely averse to house cleaning, or in particular, scrubbing grout, you can opt to replace your existing grout with an epoxy. Made from hardeners and detergents, today’s modern epoxy grouts are easy to clean. They are extremely hard and stain-resistant, making them an ideal choice for applications such as high-traffic floor areas, backsplashes, and kitchen counters.

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