Clean Tile Floor Grout Like a Pro

Hand in orange glove cleaning bathroom dirty floor with brush.

We know that battling with grimy grout can be a nightmare, but with the right tools and cleaning products, you can turn it into a pretty easy, no-sweat task.

When it comes to DIY cleaning solutions, our top choice is the water and white vinegar solution in a 1:1 ratio. You’ll find that this is even more effective than some commercially available cleaning products. Another plus is how it’s safe and gentle enough to use regularly and you don’t have to worry about chemical fume inhalation at all!

Now that you have a cleaning solution ready, you need to prepare your cleaning tools. We suggest that you use a stiff-bristled brush, with or without a handle, depending on your preference. You can go for one with a narrow row of bristles if you want a tool that is especially dedicated to grout-cleaning. Otherwise, you can just get a regular brush with a larger head for versatility.

You’d want to have a spray bottle for your cleaning solution as well. This is better than having to pour your water and vinegar solution directly from where you mixed it. Make sure that the sprayer is set to “spray” and not “stream”.

Basic Cleaning Instructions

#1. Before you start with the grout, prepare your tile floor first. Sweep the floor to remove any dirt. If you’re working on your shower flooring, you should dry it first to avoid dilution of your cleaning solution.

#2. Spray your water and vinegar solution on the grout. Allow it to work for up to 20 minutes.  Then, spray again and scrub with your brush. If you have small tiles, a circular motion will work well, but if you have large tiles, a back-and-forth motion along the grout would be more effective.

#3. Rinse the area thoroughly. If you’re cleaning your living room or kitchen flooring, make sure that you dry the surface for your safety.

Tough Stains Need a Tougher Approach

While the simple steps above will work well on most dirty grout, tougher stains require you to take your grout-cleaning to another level and to use other cleaning products.

Non-Oily Stains

Baking soda is an excellent choice for non-oily stains. Simply mix it with water to create a paste-like consistency. Apply that paste to the grout and spray a little water and vinegar solution onto the paste just so it would lightly foam. Scrub away with your bristle brush and rinse!

Oily Stains

If your standard cleaning procedure doesn’t work, you can go ahead and use a poultice. This should be your last resort. There are readily made poultices that just have to be soaked in water. Make sure that you follow the product instructions carefully.

Soap Scum

Getting rid of soap scum on your tiles and grout is easier when you use a plastic putty knife. Let us stress that it has to be plastic because metal knives can be quite damaging. Once you have removed  most of the soap scum, you can go and scrub the surface thoroughly with your water and vinegar solution.


Some mould and mildew stains are quite stubborn and if your gentler approaches don’t work, you can try chlorine bleach. Remember, though, that regular use of this chemical can damage grout so make sure that you switch to a milder method once you have removed the mould.

Tony’s Flooring, your favourite flooring store recommends that you regularly clean your tile floor. This is the best way to avoid dirt accumulating on your grout. If you want more tips on keeping your floors pristine, or if you’re looking for new flooring for your home, give us a call and our experts will gladly help you!