Best Ways to Clean Grout

Tile and backsplash in your kitchen and bathroom are a great idea…until you have to clean the grout. Light colored grout can get really dingy really fast, and if you wait too long to clean it, it’s a pain.

Keeping grout clean

It’s best to start off with a mild cleaning solution and work your way up to stronger ones if needed. Here are some of the best ways to clean grout throughout your home, according to Bob Vila.


Water and stiff-bristled brush

Spray warm water on the grout and scrub in a circular motion.



Make a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water and spray on the grout. Let it soak for five minutes then scrub with a stiff brush.


Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

A paste made from baking soda and peroxide is good on tougher stains. After you let that soak, spray the vinegar solution on it before you scrub.



Oxygen bleach is less potent than chlorine bleach and can be used to clean grout. Apply the solution and let it soak for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Chlorine bleach and other commercial cleaners can be used as well, but use them sparingly because of their harsh chemicals and fumes. Make sure the area is well-ventilated when cleaning with any kind of bleach.



Steam cleaners can be great to clean tough grout stains throughout your house. And, it’s environmentally-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals or fumes.


To keep your grout clean and to prevent stains, mold and mildew, wipe down your tile with vinegar or alcohol once a week. For other cleaning tips for your kitchen, check out our Kitchen Cleaning Tips Blog. And if you’re tired of cleaning and old, outdated kitchen or bathroom, let IDC help you get started with your Minneapolis area remodeling project.

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