There are dozens of bottles and tubes of beauty products littering almost every bathroom in the UK, so it’s obvious that we try hard to keep ourselves clean and tidy. The question is, are our bathrooms just as spotless? Well, the answer has to be a resounding no as many bathrooms are covered with unclean tiles, which let the whole room down.
Filthy tiles can usually be blamed on grouting, which is the substance containing silica sand that is used to fill the gaps between them. Dirty grouting can make your whole bathroom look filthy, so cleaning it should be your first step towards achieving a beautiful bathroom. Cleaning grouting can be fiddly, although it is certainly not as difficult as you might expect.
How to Clean Grouting
First of all, mix together a bucket of bleach and warm water in equal measures. Be warned, this will be a very strong solution and it’s best to protect yourself by wearing protective rubber gloves and goggles while using it.
This solution should then be applied to the tiles and grouting using a double-sided sponge, ideally one that has a soft surface on one side and a scrubber on the other. You can use the rough side to scrub away at the tiles and grouting joints, which should remove ugly black condensation and mould marks. After this, you can polish the tiles dry using the other side of the cloth.
To avoid getting ugly black mould and condensation marks on your freshly cleaned tiling or grouting, simply bathe with a small window open. You should also try and leave the bathroom door open after a bath or shower, which will allow fresh air to circulate in the room.
Regrouting your Tiles
If your tiles are too dirty to be cleaned using the method that we’ve suggested above, you could always try regrouting. After all, regrouting tiles can leave them looking as good as new, which will ultimately help to make your whole bathroom look much cleaner.
To revive discoloured silica sand grouting, you simply need to scrape away a few millimetres of surface grout (around 1/8 inches) and apply fresh grout over the top.
To help you scrape out dirty grout from around the tiles, you could use a gout saw. However, if you don’t have one of these, you can easily make a similar tool by using a grinder to effectively reshape the end of an old screwdriver. If you decide to use this tool, you should take care not to scratch any of your tiles or damage any of your bathroom furniture, particularly the bath or sink.
After scraping away the dirty grout, simply brush out or vacuum any dust or debris from the newly scraped joints and clean the tiles with sugar soap, before polishing them with a dry cloth. After you’ve done this, you simply need to top up the joints with silica sand grout, before cleaning off the excess and leaving it to dry.