How to clean tile grout

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Tile is generally easy to clean, but cleaning tile grout is a different story. The humid weather and enclosed environment provide the ideal conditions for mould spores to grow, and the porous nature of tile grout is highly susceptible to microscopic growth. How to get rid of mould on tile grout in the bathroom, and how to prevent it from returning?

If you’ve already got some signs of mould growing on grout or tiles, you may need something a little stronger than your everyday bathroom cleaner. Chlorine bleach is the most commonly used cleaning agent that removes any staining as a result of the mould, but it might not kill the spores, particularly when it comes to a porous surface like grout.

Pure vinegar should kill the mould spores and prevent them from returning. Using pure vinegar in a spray bottle, give the area a generous dose and leave to soak for one hour. For more stubborn mould stains when cleaning tile grout, a scrubbing brush or toothbrush should be used to lift the stain.

Always work in a well-ventilated space with an open window or operational fan. Wear non-porous gloves and safety glasses to protect eyes from splash-back while cleaning.

Prevention is better than cure

Keep it clean

It doesn't take long for baths and showers to build up a level of grime, so wiping down the shower walls and floor after bathing will pay dividends. A swift wipe down a couple of times a week can be more effective than an intensive scrub once a month, as it stops bacteria settling long enough to produce mould.

Use mould-resistant grout

weberepox easy is an epoxy-based tile adhesive and grout, it is formulated with Mould Resistance Technology which makes the surface of the grout inhospitable to mould spores. It is suitable for all types of tiles and stones on the floor and wall, especially recommended for hygiene sensitive areas and also areas that require sterile conditions.