Nobody likes dirty grout, but breaking out the bleach may seem like too
harsh of a solution – can your floors handle the chemical without
suffering permanent damage or discoloration? Luckily, there are other
options you can mix together after a quick trip to your local store.
Whatever cleaning option you choose, your first step should be to do a
preliminary clean of the area. We recommend vacuuming first, then mopping
up whatever dirt and grime remains.
Ammonia, Baking Soda, and Vinnegar
Mix Your Chemicals: Fill either a large bowl or bucket with 7 cups of warm water, and mix in
1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/3 cup of ammonia, and 1/2 cup of baking soda.
Make sure that the baking soda is completely dissolved in the water before
mixing in the other ingredients unless you want to reenact your favorite
grade school science experiment.
Fill Your Spray Bottle: A spray bottle will allow you to spritz the most troublesome areas without
using an unnecessary amount of cleaner and drenching the area. Even though
you aren’t using bleach, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t
be careful in protecting your floors from damage. Make sure to shake it
every so often to make sure your solution is completely mixed.
Time To Spritz: Keep your focus on a small area, at most two square feet. Spray your chosen
area enough to get it damp, and wait for three to five minutes to allow
it to work its way into the grout.
Start Scrubbing: Your choice of scrubbing brush really depends on your personal preference.
A magic eraser, a toothbrush, and a hard-bristled cleaning brush are all
perfectly viable options. Just be sure to use some elbow grease to attack
and scrub out the dirt ground deep in between the tiles.
Wipe, Rinse, Repeat: Use a damp rag to wipe up any pools of grimy liquid that gathered while
you were scrubbing and wring it out into a separate bowl or bucket before
moving on to the next patch of grout.
Mop It All Up: Once you’ve finished cleaning up the last of the grout, break out
the mop one last time to clean up any residual dirty cleaner from your
floor. You may want to grab a towel and wipe it dry just to make sure
your floor is as clean as possible.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Make Your Paste: Unlike the previous mixture, these two will combine to make a thick paste.
Start by filling up your bowl with as much baking soda as you expect to
need – don’t worry, you can always make more, so it’s
better to err on the side of not quite enough rather than way too much
– before slowly pouring in the hydrogen peroxide. Keep stirring
as you pour in the liquid, and don’t stop until your concoction
reaches a good consistency.
Spread Your Pate: You can either use a toothbrush or your finger to spread your mixture in
between your tiles. Same as with the previous mixture, try to keep your
focus to an area no larger than two square feet. Make sure to spread the
paste on thick in order to completely cover the grout, and let it sit
for anywhere from five to ten minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Start Scrubbing: Either a toothbrush, as long as it isn’t the same one you spread
the paste with, or a small brush will work just fine. While scrubbing,
make sure to apply enough pressure to lift the stains and dirt from between
the tiles. If the first coating of paste didn’t get your grout as
clean as you’d like, simply add another layer to the troublesome
areas, let it sit, and repeat.
Mop It All Up: Once you’ve repeated the previous two steps enough times to completely
clean between your tiles, take your mop and do one final clean to make
sure your floors are spotless. Again, to make sure you’ve cleaned
up any remaining cleaner, you may want to consider using a towel to wipe
up after you mop.
Now that your floors are back to being spotless, your focus should turn
to keeping them clean so you don’t need to take the time to do a
deep clean again in the near future. As soon as something spills on your
floor, grab a damp paper towel or rag and wipe away any trace. If the
spill happened while you were away, you may still be able to save yourself
the extra hassle by pouring some hydrogen peroxide on the stain and let
it sit for at least a minute before wiping it away with a damp rag or
Cleaning your home can be a time-consuming task, and it may be incredibly
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