3 Ways to Clean Grout!


In this article, we cover three ways that you can clean your tile grout. Each of these methods has its pros and cons and will help you decide what method is right for you.

To see all three methods in action, be sure to check out our video on grout cleaning.

Method #1 – Oxygen Bleach Powder (Oxi-Clean)

To clean your grout with oxygen bleach powder, simply add a bit of the powder with some boiling hot water which gets those oxygen bubbles working. Apply the mixture to your grout with a cleaning toothbrush making sure it is really wet (do not allow to dry). Leave the mixture for five to thirty minutes. Finally, remove the product using a wet, microfiber cloth.

Pro: Hands off method using a product that you probably already have.

Con: A two-step job – mix and apply, wait and then wipe.

Method #2 – Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide and apply using a toothbrush. Allow the mixture to sit a minute or two and then scrub clean with the toothbrush.

Finish by wiping clean with a microfiber cloth. Remember that the baking soda will leave a residue behind, so you will want to make sure to remove it.

Pro: Inexpensive method with products that you probably already have.

Con: Requires time and elbow grease.

Method #3 – Steam Cleaner

A steam cleaner gets right into your grout lines and pushes out any dirt that has seeped into the pores. Just put on your steam cleaner’s attachment (a small nylon brush) and scrub back and forth. Make sure you have a cloth handy to wipe up dirt as it is released so you won’t be depositing it back into your grout line.

Allow your floor to dry and you will see beautiful, clean grout.

Pro: Quickest and most effective method. This method also helps to restore grout to its natural colour rather than artificially whitening it.

Con: Most expensive method – you will need to have a steam cleaner and room to store it.

Bonus tip: There are a number of grout cleaning products on the market today. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will realize that you do not need to go out and buy these. There are other effective methods available using products you already have.

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.