What is the best way to clean tile grout?

Not sure what to do about that annoying black stuff in between your tiles? Find out the best, easy ways to clean tile grout both with and without scrubbing.

What is the best way to clean tile grout?

Who else notices that annoying black stuff that accumulates between tiles? We do! Cleaning your tile grout may not seem like the most glorious of tasks, but unfortunately the grout will only get dirtier over time and the sooner you get it done, the easier it will be to remove it in future. Plus, once completed it will make your tiles look fresh, clean and as good as new!

So whether you’re cleaning your bathroom or kitchen tile grouts, read on to find out the best ways to clean it, using any of the three simple methods below.

Method 1: With water

Even though this may seem too simple, you’ll be surprised at how much of the grime on your tile grout is just a build-up of superficial dirt which can be easily brushed away with water!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your chosen grout cleaner
  • Plenty The Extra Big One

How to clean tile grout with water

  1. Spray the clean, hot water onto the grout of your tiles
  2. Using a hard-bristled brush, scrub the grout using circular motions.
  3. Grab your damp Plenty Towel and wipe away any of the excess dirt. Remember Plenty The Extra Big One Towels are 3 times stronger when wet, so they definitely won’t fall apart
  4. Hooray; cleaner tile grout!

Method 2: With a commercial grout cleaning product

​​Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clean water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Gloves
  • A bowl
  • A hard-bristled brush
  • A sponge
  • Plenty The Extra Big One


How to clean tile grout with a commercial grout cleaning product

Remember that each cleaning product will come with its own set of instructions, so always check the bottle but read below for some rough guidelines.

  1. Spray the grout cleaner on the tile grout.
  2. Leave for 10 minutes so it can really soak off all that dirt!
  3. Wipe off the remaining grout cleaner using a damp Plenty Towel.

Method 3: With hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide may sound like a scary, toxic chemical, but it’s really only a natural alternative to bleach and can be easily found in most hardware shops. This method is particularly successful in cleaning tile grout as not only does it remove dirt, but the hydrogen peroxide will help whiten the grout too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clean water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Gloves
  • A bowl
  • A hard-bristled brush
  • A sponge
  • Plenty The Original One

How to clean tile grout with hydrogen peroxide

  1. Pop on your gloves to ensure that no hydrogen peroxide comes into with your skin. It’s not a toxic product but it could potentially cause a little irritation, so it’s always better to be safe!
  2. In a bowl, mix two parts of baking soda with one part of hydrogen peroxide until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  3. Apply the paste to your tile grout with a brush.
  4. Leave the paste to work its magic for about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Then using your hard-bristled brush, scrub the grout using circular motions.
  6. Use a damp Plenty Towel to wipe away any of the excess solution.
  7. Finish by wiping the surface with a dry Plenty Towel to absorb the excess moisture and leave your grout looking as good as new.

Tip

Try and clean your tile grout before you set about cleaning the tiles themselves as it’s very likely that during the process of cleaning your tile grout, some of the dirt will be transferred to the surrounding tiles.

It’s as easy as that! Now you know how to clean your tile grout, you can keep your tiles looking refreshed and shiny like new throughout the years. If you want to learn more about cleaning tricky parts of your home, why not read our articles on how to remove limescale from taps and 3 easy ways to clean a microwave.


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