Ceramic Tile & Grout Cleaning 2013:
Recently I was called to a home of a client who needed her ceramic tile & sanded grout re-cleaned. I had done this house several years ago so it was no surprise that I would be receiving a call from the homeowners. The lady of the house asked me to clean the kitchen, dining, and a small bathroom. She took me into the bathroom and I could see a white powdery residue on a large portion of the grout. She explained to me that she had been told by a friend that she could clean the grout with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Unfortunately, the grout was almost completely gone. The hydrogen peroxide had eaten away almost all of the grout.
I often get asked about using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda as a cleaning solution and I say the same thing each and everytime. First, hydrogen peroxide is NOT a cleaning solution it is an acid. The common 3% solution you buy at the store has a pH level of 6.5 on the pH scale which makes it an acid. Acids, of any kind, will eventually eat the grout. Often times people will attempt to bleach out stains using hydrogen peroxide only to find that they have created other problems. Secondly, baking soda is NOT a cleaning solution. Now I know you will find baking soda in various types of soaps but baking soda alone is NOT a cleaning solution but rather a water softner. If you were to clean your clothes in baking soda alone or combined with hydrogen peroxide you would not like the end result. Your clothes would not necessarily feel or smell clean when they come out of the wash. This inexpensive cleaning solution that my client used is now going to cost her about $200.00 to fix.
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