How to Clean Your Tile Grout – An Easy DIY Solution

This DIY tip comes from Jason K., an expert on tile and grout cleaning in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Many people ask me, “How do I clean the grout in between my tiles? It’s really grimy and disgusting.” If you’re a homeowner, there’s a possibility you have tile all around your house – in your kitchen, hallways, bathrooms and showers. Grout is always getting dirty and it isn’t easy to clean. In this quick article, I explain how to whiten and brighten your grout while sharing some tips on how to prolong the clean you’ve worked to hard to achieve.

First, here’s a list of the items we’re going to need to get the job done.

  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Cleaning toothbrush
  • Cotton cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice*
  • GRIMY Grout

The reason grout gets so dirty is because it is very much like the pores on our skin. Yes, grout has pores – it will absorb everything. Think of those acne product commercials… that’s your grout! However, unlike our skin, you can seal grout. Grout sealants can be purchased at your local home improvement store. Of course you’ll want to clean the grout really well first and then apply the sealant. Your grout can also get dirty because it wasn’t sealed properly in the first place or the sealant has worn off. When you mop your floors and use dirty water, you’re making the situation worse by transferring the dirt from the mop into the grout between your tiles – don’t mop! Alright, onto what you came here for.

The technique is very simple.

Spray the dirty grout lines with your water.

Apply baking soda to the wet grout line. This will form a paste – a paste that will solve all your problems (dirty grout problems, that is).

Let this paste sit for 15 minutes. Once you’ve waited and let the paste work its magic, spray again and scrub the grout line with your cleaning toothbrush.

Wipe away the paste and water with your cotton cloth to reveal a beautifully clean grout line.

*If your grout is exceptionally dirty, apply lemon juice to the grout line before making the baking soda paste.

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Matthew Okafor