When people start to notice the mildew and mold growth developing the grout, most know they can reach for some bleach and scrub through the nasty microbes. Where this is not a secret, there are quite a few people who are sensitive to bleach, and those who simply prefer to stay away from toxicity of it. There are a few methods homeowners can try to eliminate the mold growing on growth, however, ultimately, professional cleaning is the most effective option. Keep in mind, you’ll reduce the growth of mold in the grout and on your tiled surfaces by lowering the moisture levels in Kitchens and bathrooms. Below D&M Carpet Cleaning has compiled a list of useful, eco-friendly cleaning aids that can help remove the mold and mildew without the use of harsh chemicals.
Cleaning Grout with Hydrogen Peroxide
When removing mold from your tile grout, hydrogen peroxide is a safe option. There are no harsh effects and is a great alternative to bleach. However, in high concentrated levels be aware it can potentially lighten the color of grout. Pour some hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle for easy application and let it soak into the grout for about 10 minutes, scrub clean with a firm scrub brush and rinse clean.
Tea Tree Oil for Grout Mold
Tea tree oil is ideal for removing mold from grout as a natural alternative. Depending on the amount of tea tree oil you use is dictated on how much water you put into your spray bottle, requiring you to do some math and measurements. Be sure to mix one teaspoon of tea tree oil per cup of water in a spray bottle. Allow it to set for 15 minutes or so and use a damp cloth to wipe the mold away.
Grapefruit Seed Extract to Treat Mold on Grout
Though being an excellent mold removing agent, the grapefruit seed extract is actually expensive. The acid of the grapefruit is a natural killing agent to fungus is odorless and can be well worth the cost for some. You can find it in most health food stores. For every cup of water, you need 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract. Spray it onto the affected surface and leave if for several hours, when you return, use a damp cloth to wipe the surface clean.
Cleaning Grout with Vinegar
A cost effective, efficient, and well-versatile natural cleaning agent is useful to combat mold. With the acidic natural agent of vinegar, it prevents the growth of mold, mildew and other bacteria. Mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, apply to the surface and after 10 minutes or so, scrub clean with a hard-bristled brush and rinse clean.
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There are other products that are designed to defeat mold, but can be just as harsh as bleach, so be sure to read the label. Ultimately, if you want the mold and mildew removed from your grout, call in D&M Carpet Cleaning and let our trained professionals get to work! Using our expertise and safe, but effective products and state-of-the-art equipment, we can ensure the mold and mildew is eliminated. Contact us today!