A Guide to Cleaning Tile Grout
Jan 26, 2018
Tile is a wonderful choice for your floors, countertops, and showers thanks to its variety of colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, but build-up can occur over time if not properly maintained. We are here to help!
How Do You Get Your Tile Grout White Again?
Grout can stain easily, so it’s incredibly important to stay on top of cleaning to prevent a build-up of dirt, residue, grease, and soap. Grout can be cleaned and whitened no matter how bad it is, but just know that the longer you wait to clean it, the more elbow grease you’ll need to use!
Is There An Easy Way to Clean Tile Grout Without Scrubbing?
For basic cleaning, make sure to first sweep or vacuum your surface. Next, mix a tile and grout cleaner with water and apply to the surface, letting it sit for 3-5 minutes. Next, agitate the surface with a mop or sponge, mop up the solution, and rinse with clean water. Lastly, make sure you dry mop the floor and wipe it dry.
Recommended DIY Grout Cleaning Solution
If it’s too late and your grout is stained or dirty, with a little elbow grease, cleaning tile grout can be easy and successful. We suggest you use a manufacture recommended tile and route cleaner, but for a DIY solution, consider using undiluted, distilled white vinegar or oxygen bleach. With vinegar, spray grout with the vinegar, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before scrubbing with a brush. Once scrubbed, rinse the vinegar to reveal beautiful white grout. Use the tile cleaner afterwards to remove the vinegar smell.
If using oxygen bleach, pour 4 tbsp of it in powder form into a 2 gallon bucket of steaming water. Once dissolved, soak a cleaning towel in the solution and spread on the grout. After letting sit for 30 minutes, lightly scrub the grout with a brush and repeat once again from the beginning. Remove the solution with a clean cloth, and rinse the grout with hot water before wiping dry.
Check out our hard surface floor care guide for more cleaning tips.