Mold and mildew are known to grow in moist environments like bathrooms. Exposure can cause respiratory issues and skin irritations. If you find these elements in your home, it’s best to get rid of them as soon as possible.
One place you may see mold and mildew is on the grout between your tiles. This is because grout is porous and therefore, susceptible to microscopic growth. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to get rid of mold on grout. Here are a few solutions.
Chlorine bleach is great for removing mold from white grout, but it should not be used on colored grout as it will strip the color. Work in small sections scrubbing the bleach into moldy areas with a stiff bristle toothbrush. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary.
Be sure to keep your skin protected and the room well ventilated during the process.
Distilled White Vinegar
White water vinegar is an excellent choice for cleaning mold from grout because it won’t lead to deterioration or discoloration.
Place white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it onto moldy areas until they are saturated. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub with a hard bristle brush. Spray again and let sit for another 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and repeat if necessary.
Be careful not to chip the grout while scrubbing it.
Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a good option for cleaning tiles as it will lift the mold away from the grout.
To use it, you will need to make a paste that consists of ½ cup baking soda and several teaspoons of water. Mix together until you have a pasty consistency that can easily be spread over the tiles. Apply it directly to the moldy grout and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then scrub it with a bristle brush. Rinse with water and repeat as needed.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
This solution will require you to apply the baking soda paste to the affected area. Then spray or pour hydrogen peroxide over the paste so it fizzes. This is a sign that the mold is loosening. Scrub over the paste with a bristle brush, the rinse with water. Repeat as needed.
Note: It’s advisable to try solutions on a small space of your grout before doing your entire tile. That way, you will be able to tell if they work well on the tiling before moving forward and potentially damaging the area.
It’s also advisable to work in a well-ventilated space and to wear nonporous gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes.
If you see mold and mildew on your tiles, it’s best to get rid of it as soon as possible. The methods in this article will help you clean your spaces and improve the air quality in your home. Which do you think is most suitable to your needs?