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Grout Cleaning Tips & Recipes

A few of the recipes below contain ammonia, or bleach, or vinegar (I’ve also included other homemade solutions that are gentler to use).

TileThere are some who claim that these items will degrade grout over time–what that amount of time is I don’t know (5 years? 50 years?) or that they may affect it in a way that makes them more susceptible to future discoloration. I can’t confirm the deterioration claims since I haven’t witnessed those problems myself.

These items will help kill bacteria and remove stains, but make sure to rinse well with clear water.

If you’re concerned about deterioration, use them well diluted (will reduce its effectiveness), or only in extreme situations, or try a method without using those ingredients at all.

Tip: After you have brightened things up, apply a fresh coat of sealer so it is protected and harsh methods won’t be necessary on a regular basis.

Important: Test colored product first before using any method to make sure it won’t be discolored. Especially watch with bleach, vinegar and lemon juice.

Here’s a list of general cleaners and brighteners you can try…

Mildew Stains

These can be used as an all-purpose cleaner as well, but they’re especially good for removing mildew.

A few tips…