Recipe for Cleaning Grout, plus five tips to make it easier


Even though there are several recipes online that claim to easily clean grout, I haven’t found one that lives up to its word, which explains why there are companies that charge hundreds to do the job.

So, when a customer/friend forwarded a Facebook post with this concoction, I was skeptical. The picture attached to the post showed dirty grout side-by-side with clean grout that had obviously been photoshopped.

However, I like a challenge so I gave it a try. It worked better than I expected and the floor owner most happy with the results.

Here’s the recipe for cleaning grout and some tips that made the job, no, not easy, but easier.



Grout Cleaner: 

7 cups of water

1/2 cup baking soda

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup vinegar

Mix together and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on grout. Wait two minutes, then scrub. Mop until all residue is removed.

Five Tips for Easier Cleaning: 

  • Use real lemon juice.
  • Use apple cider vinegar.
  • Scrub vigorously with a stiff bristled brush. This is part of the trick to cleaning the grout, although the solution does loosen the dirt more so than other cleaners with which I experimented.
  • Buy a brush with a long handle to make the work easier on your back and knees.
  • Mop repeatedly after cleaning grout to remove powdery residue left by baking soda.
August 30th, 2013  in Tips and Tricks of the Trade Comments Off

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