Tile and Grout Cleaning

What You'll Need
Dry cloth
Protective gloves (rubber or latex) and safety goggles
Wire scrub brush
Grout cleaner/tile cleaner or any other cleaning solution
Grout sealant
Paint brush

Tile and grout cleaning is a very simple process. Clean the area with the help of a cleaning agent; let the area dry, and then apply a grout sealant. There are many tile and grout cleaning products available. In most cases, these cleaners can be found in one package itself. Simply follow the instructions available on their labels for clean looking tiles and grout. Cleaning agents that need to be left on for some time are always better than the ones that need to be wiped off immediately. 

Step 1: Remove Superficial Dirt

Wipe the area clean with a dry cloth to remove all superficial and loose dust and dirt. 

Step 2: Apply the Cleaning Agent

It doesn't matter what cleaning agent you are using, the next step is to apply it. For commercially available tile and grout cleaners, be sure to read the instructions given on the label. If you're using your own homemade solution, simply apply it to the dirty area. Wait for some time after applying the cleaning agent. Waiting times will differ depending on the products used. For those you buy, check the label. 

Note: Remember to wear protective gloves and safety goggles. Keeping the windows open for ventilation is also a good idea.

Step 3: Scrub and Clean

Using a wire scrub brush and sponge, clean the entire area. Use the wire brush to clean the grout, and the sponge to clean the tiles. Thoroughly rinse the entire area with water. 

Step 4: Use Bleach

Apply a mixture of bleach and water to the grout only. This will help in removing mildew and disinfecting the area. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and then scrub, rinse and dry the area. 

Step 5: Apply the Sealant

To ensure that your grout stays clean for a long time, apply any commercially available grout sealant with a paintbrush. 

Grout and Tile Cleaning Products 

  • Bleach: Bleach is ideal for removing mildew and fungi from the grout and is good against grout that emanates a foul odor. Oxy Bleach works best for this.
  • Soapy Water: Sometimes all you need to do is give your tiles and grout a good scrub. Soak the scrub brush in warm soapy water, and give the area a good cleaning. 
  • Baking Soda: Sprinkle baking soda on dampened tiles and grout. Let it sit for a while, and then simply use a brush to clean the area. 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is ideal for cleaning ceramic tiles and grout. Spray some peroxide on the area, and then mop or scrub. If the stains are really stubborn, hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with baking soda. Do not use peroxide with bleach. 
  • Vinegar: Another great grout and tile cleaning agent is vinegar. Apply some vinegar on the area, scrub it and then wash it off. Use vinegar with baking soda for tough stains. 
  • Glass-Top Stove Cleaner: You can use your stove cleaner for cleaning grout and tiles. Apply it, scrub and then wash it off. 
  • Steam Cleaners: Products such as the Hydra Steam Cleaner can be used to clean the surface of tiles and grout.