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How to Clean Grout on Tile Floors

Cleaning Grout on Tile Floors
Stacey Martin
Stacey Martin
August 26, 2022

Grout is a porous material that can be difficult to clean and even more difficult to keep clean. Over time, dirt and grime can build up in the grout's pores, making it appear dark and dirty. While many commercial products claim to clean grout, they can be expensive and may not work as well as you would like.

There are also several DIY methods that you can use to clean grout, and these are often just as effective as commercial products. Here are the five best ways to clean grout on tile floors and keep your kitchen smelling fresh.

1. Dish Soap Solution

Dish Soap being added to a sponge

Sometimes, the answer to cleaning grout on tile floors is as simple as using a little dish soap. This method is best for treating lightly soiled grout, as it will not be as effective on heavy buildups of dirt and grime.

To clean your grout with dish soap, start by mixing together equal parts dish soap and water. Once you have your solution, apply it to the grout using a microfiber mop. Make sure to work the solution into the grout lines, paying extra attention to any areas that seem particularly dirty. Be sure to rinse when finished!

2. Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a gentle abrasive used to clean grout without damaging it. This makes it a great choice for cleaning grout that is starting to look dingy.

Start by mixing together a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the grout, using a toothbrush or other small brush to work it into the grout lines. Next, spray on a vinegar solution and wait for the foaming to stop before scrubbing with a brush and rinsing the solution away.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful cleaner used to remove moderate stains from grout.

You can use hydrogen peroxide on its own or mix it with baking soda to create a strong cleaning solution. Apply the hydrogen peroxide to the grout using a brush, making sure to work it well into the grout lines. Wait a few minutes, then scrub the area with a brush and rinse.

4. Oxygen Bleach

Bleach being poured

Oxygen bleach is a stronger cleaning solution that can be used on more stubborn stains that have set into white grout. It is best to use this method outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, as the fumes can be strong.

To use oxygen bleach, mix it with water according to the package directions. Follow the same directions to determine how to apply the solution to the grout. Let it soak in for up to 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly before wiping the area dry.

5. Tide To-Go Pen

A Tide To-Go pen can be used to spot clean grout. This is a less conventional method, but it can work well if you're short on materials.

Simply apply the pen to the grout lines and scrub with the built-in brush. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and rinse.

These are just a few of the ways that you can clean grout on tile floors. With a little elbow grease and the right cleaning solution, you can have your grout looking new in no time! And if you need a helping hand, contact a professional cleaning company like The Elite Maids. We would be happy to give your tile floors a deep clean.