Asked on Jun 03, 2016

What's the best way to clean white backsplash tiles?

by Louise
I had these 4 x 4 solid white tiles installed many years ago. If I were doing it today, I'd choose something else. Until I actually DO change them, what's the best/easiest/least chemical way to keep them clean? The ones behind the stove are the worst. The grout never looks clean. And, since they ARE behind the stove, it's not as easy to reach them and really scrub.
  27 answers
  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Jun 03, 2016
    I clean mine with the bathroom cleaner Scrubbing Bubbles. Works well. But you may need to use some type of de-greaser.
  • Rebecca D. Dillon Rebecca D. Dillon on Jun 03, 2016
    I use half vinegar and half Dawn, let it sit and then a scrub brush and rinse. Works wonders.
  • Suzanne Neas Suzanne Neas on Jun 03, 2016
    I love Windex (the blue color) for removing gummy, gooey kitchen grease. Squirt, scrub, rinse, dry, done! Back in our smoking days, it was also the only thing that removed cigarette smoke from walls, cabinets, windows, etc.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 03, 2016
    Along with vinegar,baking soda and dawn into a spray mixture use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  • Kathy Meador Wells Kathy Meador Wells on Jun 03, 2016
    Vinegar , baking soda, and dawn.
  • Denise Macri Denise Macri on Jun 03, 2016
    Toilet bowl cleaner with bleach in it works on all white grout
  • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Jun 04, 2016
    If you want the least chemical way scrub it down well with baking soda and a stiff nail brush. Then you can buy a grout reviver pen to help whiten it up.
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    • Sandra Crosbie Sandra Crosbie on Jun 05, 2016
      Louise there is a website called Wish. I got my grout pen there. It is sent from China. I find lots of useful stuff on that one and it's all very inexpensive. So look there.
  • Lynne Krywulycz Lynne Krywulycz on Jun 04, 2016
    Clean as Sandra suggests, seems the simplest idea then use grout pen in a different colour. We had a shop in a tourist area many years ago and had white tiles in the large kitchen. Hamburgers, fish andchips, etc. We used bright green grout between the tiles and it always looked bright and clean.
  • Susan Kelly Susan Kelly on Jun 04, 2016
    Try some baking soda and peroxide
  • Pat kitto Pat kitto on Jun 04, 2016
    I love all of these suggestions. Thank you
  • Ejk4724712 Ejk4724712 on Jun 04, 2016
    Scrubbing Bubbles ! only thing I use on tiles , like magic !
  • Nan6735193 Nan6735193 on Jun 04, 2016
    To the vinegar add a little Dawn original blue dish soap. Stubborn areas with rust stains- peroxide. Try dark gray pen!
  • Sally-Charles Evans Sally-Charles Evans on Jun 04, 2016
    I use Murphey's oil soap! It cuts the grease in a flash and is easy on your hands!
  • Tammy Tammy on Jun 04, 2016
    Also, with the peroxide/dishwashing/baking soda solution--use a Crest SpinBrush electric toothbrush on the grout. Works great without a lot of elbow grease.
  • Janet K Hall Janet K Hall on Jun 04, 2016
    I use kaboom or any other brand of tub cleaner. It sits before it runs so it can soak into the dirt.
  • Michelle Michelle on Jun 04, 2016
    Mr Clean or store brand magic eraser dampened sponges will clean tile and grout without scratching or chemicals works really good
  • Pat Pat on Jun 04, 2016
    I use a paste of Oxyclean on my white backsplash tiles with white grout. I even had red wine splashed all over the grout and it was a mess...Oxyclean worked great!! Make a paste and leave it on a while before wiping off and rinsing.
  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 04, 2016
    Good old clorox works on mine. Wear gloves, dilute the clorox, put it on the tiles, wait a while...and there they are, ALL clean.
  • Kcama Kcama on Jun 05, 2016
    All good ideas, but once you get it really clean, save yourself some work. Cover the tiles at the back of the stove with something that is easy to take down and clean....if it's not too close to the heat, a piece of heavy clear plastic...if it's close to heat, a couple large (decorative) tiles glued to a backing board....or even your own mosaic....a favorite poster behind glass in a metal frame. You can use Velcro dots to attach wall.
  • Ejk4724712 Ejk4724712 on Jun 05, 2016
    clorox or any chlorine bleach will eat at your tiles! scrubbing bubbles is strong but does not ruin grout
  • Kathleen Simon Kathleen Simon on Jun 05, 2016
    I use a paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I would leave it on overnight and wipe it off in the morning. It may take a few applications but it doesn't stink like Clorox.
  • Lil Murchison Lil Murchison on Jun 21, 2016
    I use Lysol Tub & Tile Foam Cleaner. Just spray on and let it sit for an hour or so, and then take a old tooth brush and clean the grout. It will shine!! Be sure and open a window or turn on a fan.
  • Paul Brown Paul Brown on Aug 21, 2018

    The powerful twin cylindrical brush cleaning system, which most professional cleaning companies such as Dri-Masters use, works wonders. It safely cleans tile & grout by quickly removing dirt and contaminants and leaving the surface virtually dry.

    • Louise Louise on Aug 21, 2018

      Do you know the brand name of this or where it can be purchased?

  • I made an Oxy Clean paste with water and scrubbed it with a toothbrush. Wiped it off with a damp rag. Cleaned it right up. Forgotten how blue my grout actually was! Then sealed it well.

  • Judy Judy on Nov 02, 2019

    Same answer as I said before. When it comes text me and I will gladly let you know for nothing

  • Pat Pat on Nov 02, 2019

    Try Fantastic all purpose spray cleaner...cuts grease. Also Cloryx makes an all purpose spray cleaner as well.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 07, 2022

    When you do get the clean, why not colour the Grout lines with colour or add Tile Covers. Just a suggestion!