Grout in your bathroom, particularly around a bath or shower, is hard to keep clean without regular scrubbing. Pink and orange stains in particular can quickly take over white tiles, yet few homeowners know what causes them to appear. According to a cleaning expert, these colourful stains are often caused by bathroom products rather than mould or mildew. Thankfully, it is “easier than you might think” to remove them.
What causes orange grout stains?
An expert at Mira Showers said: “Often light-coloured and extremely porous, grout is prone to staining.
“The biggest culprits are mould and mildew, which can turn your grout an unpleasant grey colour, but a build-up of shampoo and shower gel can also turn your bathroom grout an unappealing shade of yellow or orange.”
In most cases, the soap scum and mildew will naturally find a way to colonise existing bacteria and mould in your bathroom.
The bacteria then inches up the wall, gathering around corners and grout lines if not tackled with the right tools.
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How to remove orange grout stains
As with most household cleaning tasks, white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda are staple items to have on hand for orange tile grout.
White vinegar spray
To make the cleansing spray, combine half a cup of white vinegar with an equal amount of lemon juice.
Dilute with one cup of water and pour into a spray bottle. Shake well, saturate the stains, and leave to soak for 30 minutes before wiping the residue away.
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Use water softeners
If you have hard water, a more permanent solution may be necessary to prevent future stains.
You can look into different filtration systems that can safely remove various minerals and bacteria from the water. Always consult with a professional and have your water tested first if you decide to pursue this route.
Seal grout lines
Other prevention methods include keeping grout dry after showering and sealing it off. An expert at Mira Showers said: “Using grout sealer will create a protective surface to help prevent staining and help make the grout easier to clean in future.
“Tiles must be clean and completely dry and the sealer needs to cure fully before you get the area wet again. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully to ensure the sealer is effective.”
Using grout sealer will create a protective surface to help prevent staining and help make the grout easier to clean in future. Tiles must be clean and completely dry and the sealer needs to cure fully before you get the area wet again. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully to ensure the sealer is effective.