Around all tile is grout, and rust is a common stain that develops on the surface of grout. These rust stains can cause a lot of unsightly blemishes around the tile and grout, though mold and mildew stains tend to cause us the most concern. When it comes to treating rust, there are some expensive retail products that claim to get the job done but are too harsh, ineffective, or both. More often than not, mild rust stains can be dissolved with products already found in the home. However, there are circumstances surrounding rust stains that require a professional’s attention to effectively remove the rust stain. Below are a few options to remove the rust stains that we at D&M Carpet Cleaning would like to share.
Is it Really Necessary to Seal Grout?
Keep in mind that many types of tile, and all grout, should be sealed. To resist stains and moisture buildup, these sealants act as a protective barrier. Over time, the sealants do wear away and a new application is required. To avoid damaging grout when cleaning, harsh chemicals shouldn’t be used.
Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Rust Stains from Shower
Working well to remove rust stains, hydrogen peroxide is effective and does not cause any damage to the grout. In a squirt bottle, combine 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix well. Spray the solution directly on the rust stain as you scrub with a soft bristled brush in circular scrub patterns. Once you have removed the rust successfully, use warm water to rinse the rust runoff and lingering solution from the surface. Keep in mind that this solution is also effective against mold and mildew stains. Please note; hydrogen peroxide is a lightening agent and has the potential to lighten your color grout, perform a patch test to ensure the color will not be compromised, though there is little to worry about with the diluted hydrogen peroxide.
Powder Laundry Detergent for Removing Rust on Grout
A gentle product that can cut through rust stains is powder laundry detergent. Lightly dampen the area and moderately sprinkle a layer of powder laundry detergent. For 5-10 minutes, let the detergent loosen the rust. Work the rust stain with circular motions with a soft-bristle brush or a sponge and be sure to rinse with warm water. Repeat as needed, but always finish with the warm water rinse.
Liquid Dish Detergent Grout Cleaner
Rust stains can be easily removed safely from grout with a mild liquid dish detergent. In a spray bottle, mix together 20 drops of mild dish soap and a cup of water, make sure it is well blended. For 5-10 minutes, let the mixture soak in after saturating the rust stain. Scrub the residual rust away with a sponge or soft-bristle brush. Repeat as you need it and always remove the soapy film and rust residues with soapy warm water. This solution can also be used as an alternative cleaner for everyday maintenance cleaning.
Tile & Grout Cleaning, Sealing & More in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, Duluth, Stone Mountain, Covington, Conyers, Loganville & Atlanta Georgia
If you are combating tougher tile stains, the professionals of D&M Carpet Cleaning can help you remove the rust and other dinginess to restore your grout like new. Call us today to schedule your deep tile and grout cleaning!