How to clean tile grout?


I'd like to know your advice about how to clean tile grout. There are so many ideas floating around the internet that it leaves my head spinning 😵 and I don't know what to try first.So I decided why don't I ask real people on Hometalk how to clean grout. I mean in the shower and in other places, including how to clear floor tile grout. What do you use that works? What is the easiest and lasts the longest? Is there a natural solution? Thanks for your help!

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 21, 2018

    Hello Carol,

    Try Tea Tree Oil, or Bar Keepers Friend.

    • Carol Carol on Nov 21, 2018

      Thank you John. I have never heard of using Tea Tree Oil for cleaning grout before. Is this something you have experience with and it works? I always prefer to use natural remedies when possible.

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Nov 21, 2018

    Tilex, bathroom cleaner.

    Spray it on,let it set for 5 minutes.scrub with brush. Rinse and repeat if nessesary.

    It prevent this, wipe down the shower after bathing. Clean regularly

  • Blue Jay Blue Jay on Nov 21, 2018
    Mix a paste of hydrogen peroxide and soda and apply to an area, and let soak for a few minutes. Scrub with a brush, such as an old tooth brush. Then follow up with scrubbing with white vinegar. I use Cleaning vinegar since it is stronger. This process worked wonders on the grout on our floor that was as black as your tile.

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    • Blue Jay Blue Jay on Nov 22, 2018

      Baking soda is correct. Peroxide kills molds. It is safer to use than chlorine bleaches. I used Oxiclean which has peroxide in it to clean thick fungus and molds from the cedar siding and deck of the property we just purchased. Worked wonderful.

  • Yair Spolter Yair Spolter on Nov 21, 2018

    Hi Carol. There are some great posts on Hometalk about the best way to clean grout. Here are a few:

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

  • Linda Linda on Feb 25, 2020

    First I would spray the grout with a mold and mildew remover then rinse it. Then Make a paste of baking soda and peroxide then apply it to your grout with a toothbrush. Let it sit a little and then remove with a clean cloth.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 03, 2020

    Hi Carol, You can make a thin paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Apply it to the grout and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse clean. If the grout between the tiles has worn down too far, it may be a better idea to first re-grout and then seal. You can also buy grout pens to quickly “recolor” your grout and make them look new again.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2021

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