How do you clean grout?


Best solution for cleaning grout?

  5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 24, 2018

    I use,Tilex or Soft Scrub with bleach. Use a scrub brush. Be sure to use grout sealer once clean.

  • William William on Dec 24, 2018

    Dirty grout is often the one thing standing between dingy-looking tile and tile that pops. Knowing how to clean grout is essential for floors, walls, and counters that look sparkly clean. While tile is resistant to dirt and stains, grout is porous, meaning it will absorb any grease, grime, or spills it comes into contact with. Learning how to clean grout will not only extend the life of your tile, but it will keep it looking its best. Here’s how to clean grout in any spot in your home.

    As with any cleaning project, it’s always a good idea to begin with the mildest cleaning solution. Highly caustic or acidic cleaners, like bleach or vinegar, will corrode and slowly destroy grout, as well as tile finishes. You might be surprised how clean you can get your grout with just some hot water and a brush. With that said, if grout is deeply stained, there are other effective cleaning solutions that you’re likely to already have on hand.

    What You'll Need:

    Stiff bristle brush

    Baking soda

    Hydrogen peroxide

    Dish soap

    Follow These Steps:

    1. Prep the area: Begin by spraying the grout with hot water and scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush (an old toothbrush is perfect for this) to remove any dirt or grime on the surface. Follow the grout line as you spray and scrub in a circular motion. If you have one on hand, you can also use a steam cleaner, which is very efficient at cleaning grout.

    2. Mix the cleaning solution: Make a paste of two parts baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide. If you’re working in an area where grout is exposed to grease (i.e. the kitchen), add in a few drops of dish soap.

    3. Apply the solution: Spoon the mixture onto the grout and allow it to sit for around 10 to 15 minutes. Giving the cleaner time to work into the pores will result in cleaner and brighter-looking grout.

    4. Start scrubbing: Using a brush, scrub the grout lines to lift up any dirt trapped in the pores.

    5. Rinse the tile: After scrubbing, mix a few drops of dish detergent in with some hot water and use a sponge or cloth to rinse the tile and wipe up the remaining grout cleaner.

    Keep it clean: The best way to preserve all of your hard work is by applying a grout sealer. Sealers fill the pores of the grout, keeping dirt and grime out. Before applying the sealer, wait at least 24 hours to make sure the grout is completely dry. How often your grout needs to be resealed will depend both on the sealer you choose and how much traffic the area gets.

    Tip: Running a squeegee over the tile after every shower can help prevent mold and soap-scum buildup, making shower tile look fresh and clean.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 24, 2018

    I just use hot water and a narrow scrub brush or toothbrush. Do this after you clean your tile floors, the dirty water from the cleaning will settle in the grout since it is lower than the tile. Once I am done scrubbing a small section, I wipe it with a towel and then wipe it again with a wet towel to make sure the dirt is all gone. If the water gets cloudy, change it so that you don't use dirty water to clean the grout. I have four active dogs that are in and out the dog door many times a day to play, etc. When I clean my kitchen tile floor, the grout is gray instead of a creamy color. I usually don't clean the grout every time I clean the floor due to lack of time, but I try to! I hope this helps you Brenda! Happy holidays to you!

  • Hi Brenda - This is the shower cleaner that we use to help keep grout and tiles clean and minimize the mildew - it works on kitchen grout too. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

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