Shining up the grouting between your tiles is one of the most complicated household challenges. In fact, it seems to be a dream location for grease and mould, who seem to like nothing better than setting up camp in your kitchen and bathroom. If you are not sure of the best way to go about tackling it, have a look at these 7 effective solutions. You can then choose the method that suits you best, depending on your needs on what you have at home.
1) Whiting chalk
1) Apply the whiting chalk to the grouting.
2) Wait an hour or two to give the product the time to work.
3) Scrub the area with a toothbrush that you keep specifically for this job.
2) Claystone (or whitestone)
1) Wet a sponge with cold water.
2) Soak it in claystone.
3) Scrub the joints as you would with any other cleaning product.
4) Rinse it off a little (there is no need to rinse too much, as the product will shine up the grouting, but is not aggressive).
3) Soda crystals
1) Put on a pair of rubber gloves. This product is effective for difficult cleaning jobs, but don’t forget to protect your hands.
2) Make a mixture of 12 g of soda crystals and 600 mls of water.
3) Apply the mixture with a toothbrush and scrub. (Stir the mixture regularly, as needed).
4) Rinse the grouting.
4) Bicarbonate of soda
1) Make a mixture of 4 dessertspoons of bicarbonate of soda and 100 mls of white vinegar. (If it fizzes a little in the beginning this is normal).
2) Pour the mixture into a clean spray flask.
3) Spray the product on to the grouting and leave it to work for a full day.
4) Scrub and rinse.
5) Sodium percarbonate
This is ideal for whitening up grouting and removing mould.
1) Make a mixture from one part sodium percarbonate per 9 parts water.
2) Apply the mixture to the grouting.
3) Allow one or two hours for the product to work.
4) Scrub the grouting with a toothbrush.
5) Rinse with great care to remove all traces of the sodium percarbonate.
6) White vinegar
1) Mix one dessertspoon of washing up liquid with 300 mls of white vinegar.
2) Use this mixture and a toothbrush to scrub the joints. (Gradually add more as needed).
3) Rinse everything
7) Salted lemon
1) Cut the lemon in two.
2) Take one half of it and soak it in coarse salt.
3) Use the half lemon as a sponge to scrub the grouting.
4) Allow the lemon 1 hour to work before rinsing.
This also works wonders on wooden chopping boards!