Grout can be a mess. Overtime, grout lines between tiles – especially those in the bathroom – accumulate so much dirt and scum that gave it that irritating and unattractive look. Cleaning grout is no easy task and professional grout cleaning services can cost a fortune. Fortunately, we know a method to clean grout which is inexpensive, easy and the cleaning materials are readily available in your home.
How to Clean Grout on Tile Floor
How to clean grout with vinegar and baking soda
Mix a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Spray the grout area with the solution and let it sit for up to 5 minutes. After that, use a scrub brush or a toothbrush to scrub along the grout line, then rinse with warm water. For more power, you can use an electric toothbrush, but don’t use a metal brush as it can leave scratch marks on the tiles and break pieces of the grout.
Prepare a 3:1 paste of baking soda and water into a bowl. Apply the paste to the grout with your finger (remember to put on rubber gloves), then spray the grout area with the vinegar + water solution. This will cause the baking soda to bubble up and clean up the scum on the grout.
After the bubbling has stopped, use the brush to scrub along each grout line, paying more attention to corners and edges.
Mop the floor with warm water to remove the leftover of baking soda and vinegar solutions. Remember to rinse the mop and change the water constantly.
Note: Do not use vinegar on tiles made of natural stone such as limestone or marble.
Using Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
If there are still visible grout stains and grime, use this method
Prepare a paste using ¾ cup baking soda, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon dish soap.
Work the paste into the grout line with the scrub brush or toothbrush and let it sit for 15 minutes, during which it may bubble up and remove all the remaining tough stains. After the 15 minutes, rinse with warm water to remove the remaining solutions off the grout.
Gently scrub the area with a rag to clean up the leftover residue or dirt. Additionally, You can mop the floor to fully ensure no residue is left behind.
Note: The bleaching action of the chemical reaction may affect coloured grout. Test a hidden corner before cleaning the entire floor.
How to Clean Grout in Shower
Using a Steam Cleaner
Steam cleaning is an environmentally friendly way to remove scum from grout. Although it is not quite effective, it will still loosen up the grime on the grout for easier cleaning with other products.
- Apply a continuous steam to the wall, along the grout line with a thin and pointed nozzle.
Using Baking Soda and Vinegar
Prepare a thick paste by mixing two tablespoons of baking soda with water. Use a bristled brush or a toothbrush to work the paste into the grout. A new toothbrush with hard bristles can also work magic.
After working the paste into the grout, spray the area with vinegar + water solution, and leave it to bubble for 30 minutes.
If necessary, repeat the process a second time and then rinse the are with warm water.
Using Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
If the baking soda and vinegar process didn’t work, use hydrogen peroxide in place of vinegar.
- Prepare a thin paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Work the paste into the grout with the brush and apply more peroxide if necessary to give the process more brute power. Rinse with warm water.
Using Lemon and Borax
Lemon juice and borax are also another option
- Mix ¼ cup of borax, ½ teaspoon lemon oil and enough liquid soap to form a paste into a bowl. Using a toothbrush, scrub the paste into the grout in a circular motion, rather than back and forth. Rinse with warm water when you’re done.
Bleach might be the last resort if the stains and grime remains after trying the above processes.
Ensure your bathroom is well ventilated and you’re wearing hand gloves to prevent skin contact.
Dilute the bleach with water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the solution to the grout and scrub with an old toothbrush. Let it sit for half an hour, and then rinse with water.
Note: Always spot test the products and ensure you don’t use bleach products on coloured grout.