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How to Keep Your Grout Magically Clean

Dirty tile grout can make the shiniest floor look scruffy and unimpressive. Luckily, it is surprisingly easy to keep your tile grout clean and free of stains using a variety of common household cleaning substances and kitchen ingredients.

From vinegar-based solutions to simple household chemicals, read on to discover the two best formulas for keeping your tile grout magically clean.

Keep your grout looking clean with these handy tips


Before you begin, which type of tile grout is used in your home?

For most homeowners, tile grout isn't something that pops into the mind often. For the most part, it's a forgettable element of interior design – a necessary but boring part of flooring that has a minimal effect on appearances.

However, before your start cleaning your tile grout, it's important to know whether your home uses sanded tile grout – a hardy, durable material that can tolerate quite harsh chemical cleaning – or far more delicate unsanded tile grout.

Working out the type of tile grout that's used in your floor is simple: run your finger over the gap between your tiles and see if it feels rough or smooth. Rough tile grout is almost always sanded, while smooth tile ground is almost always unsanded.

To double check, try picking at your tile grout using your fingernail. If it breaks off in your nail, you probably unsanded grout.


Clean sanded tile grout with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

Two common ingredients are all it takes to clean sanded tile grout. Pour hydrogen peroxide into the gap between tiles (preferably diluted hydrogen peroxide to avoid damage) and scrub it into the tile grout using a reasonably firm cleaning brush.

Once you've scrubbed the hydrogen peroxide into the grout, apply a small amount of baking soda to the grout. Keep scrubbing and you should see the stains in your grout disappearing – once they're gone, wash away the chemical solution using water.

Clean unsanded tile grout with white vinegar and baking soda

To clean unsanded tile grout, all you'll need to do is switch hydrogen peroxide for white vinegar. Repeat the steps listed above with white vinegar instead of a more powerful hydrogen peroxide solution, and rub baking soda onto the tile grout.

Since unsanded tile grout is denser than sanded tile grout, stains generally won't be able to penetrate as far into the grout as normal. This makes cleaning the grout a far quicker, easier process.

As usual, once you've cleaned your tile grout, wash away the hydrogen peroxide or vinegar solution using water. You may need to clean some sections of tile grout two or more times to fully remove all stains.

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