The grout between your bathroom and kitchen tiles can be very difficult to deal with. Fortunately, there are many situations where a homemade mix of bleach and baking soda is all that's necessary to keep your grout looking at its best. But if you decide to go the homemade route when cleaning grout, make sure that you're aware of these two things.
The Coarse Nature Of Homemade Grout Cleaner Makes It Easy To Overuse
Unlike with specialized grout cleaners that you'd buy from a store, homemade grout cleaner won't contain any protective chemicals designed to mitigate the corrosive effect on the surface of both the grout itself and the surrounding tiles. Therefore, it's very important to watch how much of the cleaner you apply so that you don't put too much of it on.
Just as it's important to watch the quantity of homemade cleaner you use, it's also imperative that you don't brush too hard with whatever instrument you choose to rub it in. Even the bristles of toothbrushes can be stiff enough to cause significant thinning of your grout if you press too hard on the floor.
Finally, it's also more important than normal to make sure that you get as much cleaner off the floor as you can when you're done scrubbing. Even a little bit of excess homemade cleaner can seep its way through your tiles if you let it sit for too long.
Sponges Are Better Than Mops And Towels For Spreading Around Your Cleaner
Since you'll have to manually make more cleaner if you run out before finishing your job, it makes sense to want to spread it around as efficiently as possible. And unless your bathroom or kitchen is extremely large and flat, a sponge is almost always the best choice for minimizing the amount of wasted cleaner.
Of course, you won't be able to apply enough pressure to your grout with a sponge to get a really deep cleaning. But just applying the amount of cleaner that a brush can carry on its bristles won't be enough to get the most out of your effort.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to save as much money as you can when cleaning dirt and debris off your grout. While it's important to remember how to overcome the limitations inherent with homemade grout cleaner, prudence and diligence will definitely make for a much cheaper and easier job than normal.