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Grout Stain Removal

Stains on grout are some of the most difficult to remove. If not removed quickly, the discoloration may set in and be far more difficult to remove later on. In some cases, the stain may actually become permanent. However, with a little bit of ingenuity and some elbow grease, even tough grout stains such as red wine can be removed with common household items. A great deal depends on acting quickly to clean up spills on grout before they get a chance to set in.

Removing a Fresh Stain From Grout

The first step is to soak up as much of the liquid as possible with paper towels. Next, use a cloth with some warm water and liquid dish cleaner to scrub up more of the spill. Sprinkle some table salt on the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. This will soak up even more of the liquid and hopefully prevent any permanent staining. After half an hour, pick up the salt with a paper towel and rinse the stained grout with clean water. If the stain still remains, spray a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on it and wait another 30 minutes before rinsing again with clean water. Repeat with the salt and hydrogen peroxide as needed until the stain is gone.

One way to prevent further staining is to use a grout sealant after removing the stain. This should make any future stains much easier to remove.

Removing Older Stains From Grout

In some cases, grout stains may be longstanding, such as in showers or bathtubs. There are two main ways to remove these types of stains at home, depending on whether or not the grout is colored. Make sure the area is well ventilated, as bleach and ammonia fumes can be harmful to your health.

  • White grout: Make a paste with one part bleach and one part baking soda. Spread the paste over the stained grout and let it sit for five minutes, and then scrub it into the grout with an old toothbrush. Rinse the stained area with warm water. Repeat these steps as needed if the stain remains. Do not use bleach on colored grout, as it will permanently discolor the grout.

  • Colored grout: In a bowl, combine four tablespoons each of baking soda, ammonia, and white vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle, and then add one and a half quarts of warm water. Gently shake the bottle to mix the solution. Spray the stained area, wait 15 minutes, then rinse with clear warm water. Repeat as needed until the stain is gone.

If none of these home treatments do the trick, it may well be time to call in professionals to give the grout a thorough cleaning. The biggest advantage to a professional grout cleaning is that it will take less time and will remove even the toughest grout stains. Professional cleaners will also seal the grout after cleaning it, so that future stains will be much easier to clean up.

To schedule a professional grout cleaning appointment, contact All American Carpet & Tile.

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