How do I clean the grout on kitchen floor?

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  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 09, 2021

    H Julie, here's one way to get that grout clean,

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 09, 2021
    • Stiff bristle brush
    • Baking soda
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Dish soap

    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 grout cleaner paste of two parts baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide. If you’re working in an area where grout is exposed to grease (like in the kitchen), add in a few drops of dish soap.

    3. Apply the solution: Spoon the homemade grout cleaner onto the grout lines 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.

  • It definitely involves elbow grease! Here's a link:

    Or, you could hire a company that cleans tile floors. They often use steam.

  • Unexpected Elegance Unexpected Elegance on Jan 09, 2021

    There is good information here:

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 09, 2021

    Depending on how long it has been since the tile was grouted, the condition may be too old to keep it from getting dirty again even after attempted cleanings. The grouting may need to be topped up and re-sealed completely.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 09, 2021

    Hi! A scrub brush and a paste of baking soda usually works. Stay safe!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 10, 2021

    Hello Julie,

    Grout will discolour with general use and the only way to bring the colour back to what it was is to paint it with an artist brush and paint, I'm afraid or maybe a Steam Cleaner, if you haven't tried that yet!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 10, 2021


    Heres some recommended cleaners.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 10, 2021

    Hi Julie. I had to clean grout at my old house. I used vinegar and water with a squirt of dawn dish soap. I did mine on my hands and knees using an old toothbrush. It's back breaking work with a lot of elbow grease. Good luck Julie.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jan 11, 2021

    Do you use a grout cleaner

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 11, 2021

    Normal mopping on a sealed floor should keep it clean. I use 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup baking soda, 1 tbsp blue dawn, 2 gallons hot water.

    If your grout is stained, clean with lysol toilet bowl clean in the black squirt bottle.

    Once you have it clean, re seal it.

    If you cannot get it clean, paint and seal it. I used exterior paint in my bathroom.

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