Are you looking for the best way to clean grout? We’ve researched and tested some of the most popular methods, and here’s our guide on how to clean grout the best and easiest way possible. We’ve found two simple methods to clean grout lines, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is.
It’s really simple to clean grout, and you don’t even need a lot of equipment or expensive cleaning agents!
How to Clean Grout Using Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Dish Soap
This method is suitable for most tiles, and is quite safe to use as you don’t need bleach or vinegar. The solution is mild, and it’s always recommended to begin with the safest solution possible, and then go on to more harsh solutions afterwards, if it doesn’t work.
But remember: If you’re in doubt, you should either consult a professional, or test the method on a small inconspicuous area, to avoid causing any damage.
1. Here’s everything you need for this method
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dish soap
- Grout brush, scrub sponge, or tooth brush
2. Begin with spraying the area and scrub the surface
You can either fill a spray bottle or use your shower head for this. Spray hot water along the grout lines you want to clean, and scrub them in order to remove grime from the surface. Some of it is easily removed using this method, and afterwards it will be easier to remove tough stains.
If you have a steam cleaner, it will be perfect for this task.
3. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tsp dish soap
If you’re in the kitchen and grout is exposed to grease from cooking food, you can add a few drops of dish soap. This will dissolve grease stains, and make them easy to remove afterwards.
For natural stone, such as marble, granite, and slate, it is NOT recommended to use anything but a stone-safe grout cleaner product made for the specific type of stone tiles you have in your home. Different natural stone materials require different types of cleaning, in order to keep its color and durability. If in doubt, you should always consult a professional before cleaning natural stone.
4. Apply the solution and let it sit for a while
The mixture should have a somewhat solid consistency, making it possible to spoon it and apply it onto the grout you want to clean. Let it sit for up to 15 minutes, as it needs a bit of time to work itself into the grout.
5. Scrub the grout lines with your brush or sponge
Using a brush or sponge you’ll loosen most tough stains. Do it thoroughly and make sure you get everywhere, before moving onto next step.
6. Wash excess mixture off with hot water and dish soap
Mix a bucket of hot water with a few drops of dish soap, and rinse the tiles you’ve applied the mixture onto.
What Does This Mixture Do, and Why Does It Work?
First of all, baking soda is used for many purposes, as it is mildly abrasive and therefore able to remove grime stuck in the surface of the grout. It is often recommended for many purposes, as an alternative to more harsh cleaning agents.
Hydrogen peroxide is a safer alternative to bleach, and it eliminates germs and brightens the area it’s applied to.
Last, but not least, there’s the regular dish soap. Dish soap dissolves grease stains, and makes it easy to remove them using a brush or cloth.
How to Keep Your Grout Clean
So you’ve been scrubbing and cleaning your grout, and they appear nice and spotless. Good job! Now you’d probably want to keep them that way for as long as possible, right?
Here’s what you want to do, in order to keep your grout as clean as possible for a long as possible.
- Apply a sealer. The sealer fills the pores of the grout, and forms a smooth surface where dirt and grime isn’t able to “stick” the way it used to.
- Ventilate the room properly. Grout lines are usually moldy or dirty due to moisture building up. Therefore it’s recommended to keep your tiled rooms well ventilated, and as dry as possible.
- Make sure shampoo is rinsed off before exiting the shower. Surprisingly, one of the biggest sinners when it comes to dirty grout lines, is soap residue. Grab the shower head and make sure you rinse all soap off, before shutting it off.
- Run a squeegee over the tiles after every shower. This works the same way as ventilation, and as an added bonus you’ll avoid streaks formed from water running down the walls. This works for glass doors too.
- Wipe the grout lines in your kitchen regularly. The more grease is stuck to the grout lines, the harder it will be to remove it.