Used in parts of the home that are prone to stains, such as the kitchen and bathroom, tiles and the grouting between them can be a pain to clean. This is especially so in older homes, as tiles stain over time. The best way to get rid of the dirt is through good ol’ scrubbing. 

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Grouting
If you notice brown or yellowing spots on your grout, it’s probably time to give it a good scrub. Soap is not usually enough to lift household stains from between your tiles, but you can try oxygenated bleach powder. It is non-corrosive, so it will not wear away the grout.

A good example of oxygenated bleach would be Kao Bleach Colour powder. Make a paste with the bleach powder and water, and leave it to rest on the grout for a few seconds before scrubbing with toothbrush.

For tougher stains, soak the spot in lemon juice and the scrub mixture. Keep the now-clean grout white with grout sealer, easy found in hardware stores such as Home-Fix.

Stained tiles
If your bathroom is constantly damp, water stains will form over time. Find out if the stains are made of soap scum or hard water (also known as limescale) by scratching the surface with your nail- if it flakes off, it is probably soap scum and will be easier to remove. Use an abrasive sponge with some Cif cream to clean the tiles.

For hard water stains, wet a sponge with white vinegar and wipe the area. If the stain doesn’t lift, sprinkle baking powder over the surface and use a clothes brush dipped in white vinegar to scrub off the spots. Be sure to use clean water to wash off the vinegar and dry the area once you’re done.

Always try to keep your bathroom dry, and wipe surfaces dry after a shower to prevent stains from forming.