How to Clean Grout in Tile Flooring

Cleaning grout lines in tile flooring can be tricky, but it’s worth the effort to restore your floors to their former glory. Grout will begin to look dirty and dingy if it’s not cleaned regularly. Try these easy tips to get your grout looking clean and white again, and prevent discolouration in the future.  

 Why does grout discolour? 

As grout ages, it can become discoloured. This can be due to a number of factors, including wear and water damage, which can cause your sparkling white grout to become dark or uneven. Grout also tends to absorb stains from household products, so make sure your floor cleaner is suitable before using it on a tiled floor.   

Removing buildup 

Stains, mildew, and general grime can cause tile grout to look dingy. Start with a mild vinegar/water solution and a stiff-bristled brush, cleaning in a circular motion to release the dirt and build-up. Leaving the mixture on for a few minutes before scrubbing gives it time to break down the dirt, making it easier to remove.  

Bicarbonate of soda 

If the vinegar doesn’t budge the dirt, mix together a paste of bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar, applying it with a brush and leaving it to work its magic for around fifteen minutes. Rinse off and, voila, good as new! 

Other ways to get rid of grout stains 

If the dirt is too ground-in to be removed with the above options, it’s time to go big guns! Make sure you first ventilate the space you are working in, and mix together some bleach with bicarbonate of soda. Do not mix bleach with any other chemical as it can be volatile. Gently rub the paste into the grout using an old toothbrush, leave for fifteen minutes and carefully wipe off.  

Tips to stop your grout discolouring 

Make sure you give your grout a thorough clean on a regular basis; once every month should keep the worst of the grime at bay. When removing stains, start with the weakest solution, working up to the bleach/bicarbonate mix if nothing else will budge it. Happy cleaning!