Dear Home Ec 101:
We just moved into a home with white mosaic tile in the bathroom. The grout is sealed. How do I clean it and what was I thinking?
Going Grungy in Groten
I have no idea what you were thinking. White? Tan, speckled, khaki, brown, anything but white! Poor thing, you were lured in by the clean look, weren’t you? Well, the sad truth is now you’re going to have to work to keep it that way.
If you have a large bathroom, I would consider a steam cleaner for hard surfaces. If your bathroom is relatively small, use plain water to clean your floors. Frequent damp moppings will keep your floor from getting nasty, a few minutes here and there is a lot easier than occasional intensive scrubbing. If your floor gets soiled to the point where plain water won’t cut it, you’ll need to make sure the cleaning agent you choose is pH neutral. You’ll have to check the label, but you should have plenty of options at any tile dealer. Stay away from anything containing wax or silicone as you’ll just create a build up to clean off later.
Best of luck!
Have a question about cleaning? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.