A good brush is one of the most important tools for cleaning tile and grout. When you apply a cleaning product to a surface, it will work to dissolve and loosen stains, but the physical rubbing action of a brush can help dislodge particles and force cleaning products deeper into tile and grout. It is a good idea to have a few different types of brushes on hand. A fairly soft brush or sponge can be useful for spreading cleaning products over tile, while a stiff bristled brush like a toothbrush may be needed to scrub areas in the grout where stains are set in.
Oxygen bleach is a non toxic bleach that comes in powder or liquid forms that can help kill mold and mildew, remove stains, and brighten and grout. Oxygen bleach is safer than chlorine bleach, since tile floors are often located in cramped spaces with poor ventilation making and chlorine bleach gives of dangerous fumes. Oxygen bleach is typically mixed with water to dissolve or dilute it before applying it to tiles.
White vinegar can be a useful tool for cleaning grout and tile. Vinegar is mildly acidic which enables it to kill and loosen fungus stains like mold and mildew. Vinegar also has the advantage of being non toxic, and may people have it on hand even if they didn’t buy it specifically for cleaning.
Paper towels are important to have around for all bathroom cleaning that involves using water and wet cleaning products. For cleaning grout, paper towels are not just a way to dry off cleaning products, but can actually be a means of applying product to the grout. If you soak paper towels with a product like oxygen bleach or white vinegar, it can be stuck to vertical tile surfaces allowing the product to stay in contact with the grout and seep into it allowing for more effective and deeper cleaning.