Tips for Cleaning Groutable Vinyl Tile

by | Feb 22, 2022 | Home Tips, Luxury Vinyl Tile

Tiled flooring has become one of the most popular options available on the market, due in large part to its versatility, durability and suitability for both commercial and residential applications. Vinyl tile is moisture resistant, stands up to heavy foot traffic and offers plenty of benefits for any space. Unlike other flooring varieties that can be a little more demanding where cleaning is concerned, vinyl tile can be maintained with ease all year round. With that being said, it’s important to note that the grooves in grouted tile can present some unique “challenges” in the cleaning department, especially during the winter and spring when mud inevitably enters the house.

Below, we’ll take a quick look at some of the easiest ways to clean your grouted tile and to keep looking its best for years to come!

Warm Water & A Stiff Bristled Brush

The old tried and true method of getting into the grooves of grout is using warm water and a stiff brush. This is a great way to remove most minor build-up and dislodge any grit that may have managed to adhere to the grooves despite your sweeping and mopping in the past.

Mixing Vinegar and Water

If stains and mud are still being persistent, you can mix together vinegar and water, spray it onto your floor sparingly, and then leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes to dissolve dirt and grime. You can also choose to add a drop or two of dish soap, but note that if you go this route, you’ll want to do another quick wipe down to prevent things from getting too slippery.

Baking Soda Paste with Vinegar Spray

If your vinegar/water spray doesn’t quite do the trick, it’s time to default to some middle school science. Make a paste with baking soda and water and spread that in the grout of your tile, allow to sit for a few minutes, then spray with vinegar and let your mini floor “volcano” sit for another few minutes before scrubbing again.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Similar to the effects of baking soda and vinegar, but with a little more oomph, hydrogen peroxide is a good option for moderate stains. Let it sit for a few minutes and then gently scrub away.

Oxygen Bleach/Chloride Bleach

As the more extreme DIY methods you can consider using products like OxiClean or chlorine bleach, but bear in mind you don’t want to let them sit too long and you’ll want to give a thorough rinse with warm water afterwards to avoid damage or dirt resettling afterwards.

Bear in mind that using chemicals can be harsh and occasionally leave a film, so we recommend leaving this as a last resort.

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