How to Clean Grout | Cleaning Grout Stains

Even the best tile-cleaning routine in your shower can leave the grout begging for extra attention. Mildew and mold are commonly seen between shower tiles, breeding quickly in the perpetually wet and humid atmosphere. If you have light shower grout, you’ll see it – first spots, then bigger areas – and hopefully you can clean it before it gets out of control.

If you have dark grout, it can be much more easily disguised and become a bigger health concern. Make it a point to include grout cleaning as part of your ordinary shower routine and abate mold buildup on the grout easily before it becomes a big chore.

One of the best ways to clean shower grout doesn’t involve the use of harsh cleansers or chlorine bleach-based products. Harsh chemicals can be challenging to use in an enclosed bathroom environment where ventilation and air circulation are compromised. Oxygen-based bleach (hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate or sodium perborate) and washing soda are safer alternatives to consider when you’re looking for a powerful indoor cleaning solution. They’re notably more eco-friendly and treat and prevent the growth of mold in a really effective way.

Next time you’re deep cleaning your bathroom tiles, pull this recipe from your memory bank:

Start by creating a paste-like mixture using one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts of an oxygenated powder product, such as OxiClean or generic washing soda. The thick combination of these powerful ingredients will adhere to the grout lines in your shower without dripping away and spot-treat areas affected by mildew and mold. It’s not too harsh to use as a defense against spores, either, so even if the grout doesn’t look dirty, consider applying it as an effective cleanser that will aid in preventing mold from blossoming. If you look at ingredients in many of the heavy-duty mold abatement products, you’ll spot that hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient, so it’s no surprise that this at-home solution works really, really well.

With the paste in a bowl, use an old toothbrush to apply it to the grout lines between the tiles in your shower.

Focus on the areas you can visibly see the mold but also aim to coat areas of the shower that may be more mold-prone and mold-affected than others. This might include any grout along shelves, corners and floor tiles, or the grout and tile that surrounds the shower drain. Allow the paste to set for a few minutes to work its magic and then give the grout lines one more agitating scrub for good measure. Next, rinse the area thoroughly and use a cloth to wipe the surfaces clean.

While you’re busy focused on the shower grout, consider the best ways to clean build-up from the surface of the shower tiles, too.

A simple white vinegar wash is a good solution for non-porous tile surfaces, while marble or other porous stone surfaces are more safely cleaned using plain water or cleaning products specifically formulated for stone to avoid

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Xiaomi Robot Vacuum vs 6 kitchen stains

A boy turns into a man (or an old man) when he gets excited about his first home appliance. So I did when I got my 1st hoover capable of cleaning pet’s hair. I didn’t have any pets at that time, but I had lightly coloured carpets and a brunette to go with it. Carpets are darker now, the brunette is my wife, and I have fewer reasons to be excited about vacuuming. Banggood hooked me up with Xiaomi STYJ02YM and my excitement is through the roof again as I get to move Xiaomi 1S vacuum (review) upstairs and make Xiaomi STYJ02YM vac and mop robot to relieve me of the cleaning duty entirely. What can I say, I’m a grumpy old man who gets excited about not having as many chores!

Coffee, tea, wine and more vs Xiaomi STYJ02YM

Xiaomi STYJ02YM is a clear step up to from the other model thanks to integrated mopping function. A perfect cleaning combination for anyone who has mixed floors in their household. I have wooden panels in the hall and kitchen, so an occasional mopping was needed from time to time to keep the environment spotless and the wife happy.

Soft carpets, hard floors a couple of difficult mats to get on top of to clean – that’s the battlefield the new toy has to face. In addition to this, I prepared a unique challenge 6 typical stains that one could find in my kitchen. To make it even harder, I decided to leave these out overnight so see how well Xiaomi STYJ02YM can mop. The stains are:

  • espresso coffee (you can top up my coffee jar here)
  • earl grey tea (yum!)
  • orange juice – gets sticky
  • soya sauce dark premium – the king of stains, makes premium stains)
  • fortified wine (I had 2014 malbec as well, but I can’t just open it for spillage!)
  • milk (full fat)

I don’t expect these to be cleaned entirely especially that stains were left overnight, but I would hope that Xiaomi STYJ02YM can handle freshly made stains without much hassle. The internet disagrees with the manufacturers in terms of adding the detergent to the water tank, so I will be running my mop with clean water only and watch the carnage unfold!

coffee tea orange milk wine soya
FRESH 🆗
OVERNIGHT 🆗
2ND PASS* 🆗
✅ – cleaned, 🆗 – small imperfections, ❌ – manual clean needed

With the exception of soya, which I knew it would be an issue, all fresh spills cleaned up nicely on the 1st pass without Y mode. Overnights (dried up stains) were harder to tackle with soya, wine and coffee visible. I suspect that coffee and wine would be removed completely with Y mode. Milk had invisible residue left on the surface. All dried up stains were moist enough to be wiped with a towel after 1st pass.

Before the second pass, I have

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Interior Log Walls – The Causes and Repair of Water Stains on an Interior Log Wall

Causes of Interior Water Stains

Water stains are the result of water contacting unprotected log surfaces. Before you begin to remove the stains on your interior log wall, you need to determine where the water originated. This may have occurred during the building process, gaps between the log courses due to settling or broken gaskets / caulking that have failed. Water stains can also be the result of a previous plumbing problem or just windows left open repeatedly allowing water to enter. Once you are certain the situation has been corrected, you can begin to repair the water marks.

Repairing Water Stains on Interior Log Walls

There are several methods used to remove water stains from an interior log wall. The best method may depend on the depth and severity of the staining. If they were caused during the building process and the staining is severe, you may want to consider hiring a log home professional to have the walls media blasted with corn cob, glass or walnut shells. Although this can be messy and will involve removing all objects from inside the room, it is very effective. Most log professionals will do their best to seal the area and help minimize dust from traveling into other areas of the home.

Usually water stains are in a more confined area and not too severe. If you decide to tackle the project yourself, start by using regular sand paper (fine to medium grit, depending on the log species) and a traditional palm sander. Begin sanding at the edge of the water mark. If they can not be easily removed it may be necessary to use an orbital sander or belt sander. Concentrate on blending the darker edges. It takes patience and care to remove the water stained area without removing too much of the log fibers. You can easily damage your log wall creating an uneven and undesirable look. You may be able to achieve good results by sanding the water stained area only and applying a pigmented stain. However for best results, once the water mark has been removed, lightly sand the entire log wall to allow for even absorption of stain and avoid color variations.

Staining Interior Log Walls

Interior log walls are exposed to areas of indirect or direct UV rays through skylights, windows and doors. Even if your interior log wall was not previous stained, chances are that over time the characteristic of the log wall will appear different.

Most log home coatings companies have developed products designed specifically for interior log walls. These products are typically water based and available in different finishes. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose a clear (non-yellowing) finish in a gloss or satin. If you prefer a pigmented stain, most offer different shades. Whether you are trying to match an existing log wall or deciding what color would best blend with your existing finish, most manufacturers are happy to mail color samples of their products. Applying a finish to …

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