Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty: How to Clean Grout

By: The Maids Team | September 20, 2011 6:34 pm
Category: House Cleaning by the Experts

Keep your grout looking clean with our tips.

Do you find yourself mumbling profanities at your grout? Thinking, of all colors I just HAD to pick white…

Well fret not, grime-fearing friends, for there are ways to properly tackle the mildew, dirt and grime that cling to those once sparkling crevices.

First and foremost, avoid wasting money on chemical cleaners that promise to work wonders on tile grout when cheap and healthier solutions can be found at home. No matter what you use, a lot of elbow grease will be involved – so be prepared to scrub!

A few of our household remedies:

Vinegar: This miracle worker puts those notorious “cleaning miracle” informercials to shame. Either apply it to the grout by itself or dilute it with water. Simply pour it along the edges of the tile and let it sit for 10 minutes before using a toothbrush in a circular motion.

Vinegar + Baking Soda: These two household products combine to create one fantastic grime-fighting duo. Make a paste out of the baking soda by adding a little vinegar. Scrub the grout with the paste and handy-dandy toothbrush and simply wipe away the residue.

Lemons: When life gives you lemons, clean that dirty grout! The high acidity in lemon juice eats away at stubborn stains and discoloration in grout. Leave it on for ten minutes before wiping clean.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Thanks to its oxidizing properties, this liquid makes a spectacular cleaning solution for many household needs but especially with grout cleaning. It’s much safer than chlorine bleach or ammonia-based products, and, best of all, less expensive.  Make a solution of half hydrogen peroxide and half water. Spray the grout and let sit for ten minutes before scrubbing away with the toothbrush.

White Shoe Polish: If these other solutions don’t seem to do the trick and hopes of reaching that white grout perfection are waning, time to get creative. Apply white shoe polish to the grout and let it sit overnight. The polish will easily wipe off the tile the next day but will remain on the grout.

Follow these cheap and easy solutions and you’ll be on your way to pristine looking floors in no time. Just remember – keep your grout-cleaning toothbrush separate from your own!

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