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Grout stain remover: How to refresh bathroom grout with baking soda, vinegar and more

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Because of its typically light colouring and rough porous texture, grout is prone to staining, causing the once clean look of white grout and shiny tiles to fade and look rather dull. When it comes to the bathroom, grout is usually stained with mould and mildew, which are tougher to get rid of than the light spills which impact the kitchen tiles.

However, there’s no need to stress as it’s possible to scrub up your group back to its shiny white former glory using just a few common household products you most probably own already.

All you need is a bit of time and some elbow grease and you’ll be golden.
How to remove stains from bathroom grout

All you need are a few household products such as vinegar, baking soda, water, a stiff brush, a spray bottle and bleach.

We have a few different methods using combinations of the ingredients above, and the approaches start from the mildest clean to the harshest.

When cleaning grout it’s important to remember you should start with mild cleaning if you’ve never done it before, as you don’t want to damage it.

How to clean grout using just water

It is possible to clean some mild dirty grout using just plain warm water, as long as you have a stiff-bristled brush to scrub it with.

If you don’t already have a brush for the job, most home centres and hardware stores carry an assortment of options specifically designed for the purpose of cleaning grout.

All you need to do is spray (or pour if you don’t have a spray bottle) warm water on the grout lines and scrub in a circular motion, then let it dry.

How to use vinegar for cleaning tile grout

For slightly heavier dirt and grout stains, turn to vinegar.

Vinegar is a trusty old standby for many household chores, used from everything to glass polishing and drain cleaning.

Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water.

Spray on the grout, let it stand for five minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.

How to remove stains in grout using baking soda and vinegar

If you’re after an even deeper clean, use the classic combination of vinegar and baking soda.

You can use the product straight, or apply a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Follow the instructions on the bottle, but if there aren’t any, make sure to wear gloves, apply carefully and leave to sit for a couple of hours.

Using chlorine bleach to remove grout stains

Chlorine bleach can be used sparingly in extreme cases to clean grout and there are plenty of products available.

Before you apply, rinse away any previous attempts, especially those including vinegar.

This is because traces of vinegar mixed with bleach will emit a highly toxic chlorine gas into the surrounding air, which could cause health problems.

Also, this isn’t something you should be doing regularly, as it’ll erode grout if done repeatedly.



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