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Cleaning Without Scrubbing: 3 Ways To Remove Grime From Grout

Although there are plenty of methods online for cleaning your grout without scrubbing, some will always work better than others. So, here you’ll find three functional and effortless methods to remove the grime from your grout—without having to scrub!

Method #1. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

These two common household items are powerful cleaners on their own. However, when mixed, they unleash their true potential, removing the most stubborn grime from all surfaces—including grout.

Make this DIY solution by mixing equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda inside a spray bottle. Optionally, add a little dish soap for extra cleaning power. Once your solution is ready, spray it generously over the grout you want to clean.

Let the mix sit for 10 to 15 minutes to act on the grime. After time’s up, dampen a cloth with warm water and wipe the grime off the grout. Although this part requires some elbow grease, you’ll save yourself the hassle of scrubbing through all the tiles.

Method #2. White vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent alternative when you don’t have hydrogen peroxide or baking soda handy. Just be careful, as vinegar’s cleaning power comes from its acidic nature, and it could damage natural stone and unsealed grout.

You’ll only have to mix 4 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar and put the solution in a spray bottle. Then, cover the grout generously with the mixture and let 10 minutes pass. The solution will loosen and dissolve the grime in the meantime.

When you are ready, remove the grime with the help of an unsoiled cloth, and rinse your floor with clean water.

Pro tip: If you want to prevent your room from smelling like vinaigrette dressing, add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture.

Method #3. Oxygen bleach

Oxygen bleach will help you when baking soda and vinegar aren’t enough to remove the stubborn grime on the grout. However, its greater effectiveness comes with a price: it can damage your grout and tiles. So, it is recommended to use it only when necessary.

To harness the power of oxygen bleach, make a solution with 1½ tablespoons of oxygen bleach powder and 1 gallon of water—mix until the two substances combine completely. Then, apply the solution with a clean cloth for small spots, or use a mop to cover larger areas.

Once you’ve applied the solution, wait between 15 to 20 minutes while it does its magic. Once the time has passed, rinse the residue with clean water and admire your newly cleaned grout!

Caution: Oxygen bleach and chlorine bleach are not interchangeable. Bleach is harsher and will damage your tiles even quicker than oxygen bleach.

The best way to keep your grout clean

A clean room and floor are essential to keep the grime away from your grout. We can help you with that! Rochester Residential & Commercial Cleaning provides you with the best cleaning services and the most prepared house cleaners in the area. Request your free quote now!