How to quickly clean the seams between the tiles?
The tile is an attractive and practical finishing material on which almost no stains remain. But the seams may be polluted, and cleaning them is not as easy as it might seem at first glance. And still it is possible to cope with pollution if to use effective means and methods.
Causes of pollution
Why are the seams between tiles so quickly and soiled? There are several reasons for this:
- Features of the material. Grout usually has a porous structure into which contaminants can penetrate. In addition, they often linger and remain in the pores, which significantly complicates their removal.
- Increased risk of contamination. Usually, tiles are used for finishing walls and floors in so-called utilitarian rooms, namely in the bathroom and in the kitchen. And it is in such rooms usually the most dirt. In the kitchen, food particles often get to the floor, and in the bathroom, contamination is associated with the procedures performed here (for example, washing the feet, washing, and so on).
- Repairs.If, after laying the tile with grouting, you carry out other finishing or repair work accompanied by contamination, then construction dust and particles of the materials used or the surfaces to be removed may fall on the grout and, of course, soil it. And to avoid this, simply protect the floor and walls by covering them with a film or oilcloth.
- High cross. In rooms decorated with tiles, the permeability is usually much higher than in other rooms. And this is inevitably associated with pollution, because not all tenants are monitoring the cleanliness of their feet.
How to remove contamination?
How to clean the joints between the tiles in the bathroom or in the kitchen? All used methods for removing contaminants can be divided into several groups.
Mechanical cleaning involves the removal of dirt without any additional means. You can use one of several ways:
- Brush with stiff bristles. Since the seams are narrow, it will not be very convenient to brush them with a regular brush, and therefore you can use a toothbrush. But by all means purchase an accessory with hard bristles, otherwise you will not be able to completely remove all dirt. Just rub the seam until it is clean. Movement should be fast, confident and active.
- Knife.If the contamination is deep and strong, then you can try to remove them with a knife. You can use both ordinary kitchen and stationery. The blade must be carefully cleaned with dirt, without touching the tile (it can be scratched) and trying not to destroy the seam.
- Sandpaper. Use a fine-grained, wrap it with some sharp object, for example, a screwdriver and proceed to cleaning. But try not to damage the tile.
Any methods of mechanical cleaning of the seams are rather coarse, because they involve the removal of the top layer of the seam. And if you use such methods often, then gradually the layer of grout will thin out, and this means that there will soon be a hole in which the dirt will clog even more.
Try to remove contamination with boiling water, or even better, use a steam generator or a steamer. But be careful not to damage the tile and not burn yourself.
Often for cleaning seams used household chemicals. And many products are really effective, because they contain active substances that penetrate the microscopic pores of the grout and literally dissolve the pollution.
But to achieve results, you need to choose a truly effective formulations. And they do not necessarily have to be expensive and popular, often the best are the means that are not distinguished by a high price and are not advertised at all.
Try using dishwashing gels to remove, such as Fairy, Pemo Lux, Sort, and so on. Use any cleaning products for different surfaces: “CIF”, “BREF”, “Sarma”, “Mr. Muscle” and others. And if the grout is white, then you can safely use any bleach to clean the seams, for example, the good old “Whiteness”. Stain removers such as Anti-Pyatin, Vanish and others can also help.
We should also write about the fungal lesions, which can be determined by dark stains that cannot be removed by ordinary means. If you notice them, then treat all the seams with antifungal agent, and only then proceed to cleaning.
Use folk remedies, sometimes they are no less effective than specialized store.
A few proven recipes:
- You can make soda mass.To do this, dilute the soda with hot water, so you get some gruel. Apply it to the seams and leave for a while, then remove with a damp cloth.
- Treat the surface with vinegar. If you use essence (70%), then dilute it with water (in equal proportions). A 9% vinegar can be used in its pure form.
- Mix half the glass of lemon juice and 7% vinegar, add three tablespoons of soda. With the resulting composition, carefully treat the seams, and after fifteen minutes, remove the mixture with a damp cloth.
- You can combine two means. So, first apply to the contaminated areas of soda gruel, and then using a spray spray vinegar. You will notice bubbles that will talk about the reaction that has begun. And it is the interaction of the components that will remove the contamination.
- Try using a toothpaste (but preferably white, since the color can leave marks on the light trowel). Just treat the seams with it, leave for half an hour, then rub the grout with a toothbrush and wipe the surface with a cloth moistened with warm water.
- You can clean the joints between the tiles on the floor or wall with ordinary alcohol.Treat the grout well. And instead of the usual alcohol, you can use liquid ammonia.
- Helps to quickly get rid of hydrogen peroxide pollution. Mix two parts of it with a part of water and process all the seams with the obtained liquid.
If none of the methods and tools described above helped, and the pollution remained, then you will have to act radically, namely update the seams, that is, change the grout. Immediately it should be noted that the process is laborious, time consuming and is associated with the risk of damage to the coating. But such measures are the most effective.
You will need a screwdriver, a hammer, a narrow rubber spatula, a rag, a trowel.
Now we proceed:
- First, gently remove the old grout with a screwdriver and hammer. Just place the tip of the screwdriver in the seam, and gently tap the handle on the handle.
- Now prepare a new grout (a small amount, as it dries quickly).
- Apply a little compound to the edge of the rubber spatula I and begin to rub the grout into the joint.
- Remove excess with a damp cloth, and preferably immediately, otherwise they will dry.
By the way, if replacing the grout seems like a daunting task, then you can go for a trick and just paint the seams with waterproof paint.
Now you can definitely handle any pollution.But be sure to follow the instructions and process the seams with rubber gloves!