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Our Favorite Grout Cleaners
Tile is a great material for flooring, shower surrounds, and back splash. It’s durable, easy to clean and looks terrific. But anywhere you have tile floors or walls, you also have grout. And grout gets dirty quickly and is hard to clean.
Fortunately, there are some good cleaning products out there. They won’t do the work for you. But they can help keep the tile grout in your kitchen, bath, or other room looking clean with minimum fuss.
Here are five of the best grout cleaners. Each will do the job as quickly, easily, and well. We’ll also mention a few products that you should not use for cleaning grout.
Black Diamond Stoneworks Ultimate Grout Cleaner
If you’re only going to have one grout cleaner, Black Diamond Stoneworks Ultimate Grout Cleaner is a solid choice. It uses an acid-free formula that makes it safe for use on ceramic, porcelain, and marble tiles.
It works with grease, dirt, food spills, and soap scum on white or colored grout. To use, spray on. Wait a few minutes. Scrub with a grout brush or old toothbrush. Then rinse with warm water to reveal your grout’s original color.
You can also use it with a grout steam cleaner for really tough stains. While Black Diamond Stoneworks Ultimate Grout Cleaner is good, it has some limitations. The acid-free formula is not good for removing calcium deposits, for instance.
Nor is Black Diamond Stoneworks Ultimate as effective on water spots as some other cleaners. But it can be used on nearly all sorts of tiles without damage. That makes it a great all-around choice.
CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner
CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner cleans calcium, lime, hard water deposits, and soap scum from white grout. And it does this without phosphates, ammonia, or bleach. That lets it claim the EPA’s Safer Choice Program endorsement for not using harsh chemicals.
To use, CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner spray it on. Leave it for a few minutes. Then scrub the grout to loosen dirt. Now rinse. As it dries, the grout will turn white.
One limitation of CLR Bath & Kitchen is that it won’t clean away rust stains. And it should not be used on colored grout. The manufacturer also warns against using it on vinyl, marble, mirrors, plastic laminates, wood, or painted surfaces.
Grout-Eez Super Heavy-Duty Grout Cleaner
The maker of Grout-Eez claims it is professional strength. They back it with a 30-day money-back guarantee. To use, spray on and wait 10 minutes. Brush and rinse.
You may need a second treatment with tough jobs. Grout-Eez isn’t for use on marble. But the formula is safe for porcelain tiles and ceramic surfaces.
Soft Scrub With Bleach Gel
If you’re looking for a general household cleaner that also does an excellent job on grout, consider Soft Scrub with Bleach Gel. You can use it on bathtubs, stove tops, toilets and tile grout.
To use, squirt it on and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then wipe away and rinse. The Soft Scrub with Bleach Gel formula doesn’t include any abrasives, so it won’t hurt glazed tiles. And thanks to the bleach, it sanitizes as it cleans.
Homemade Grout Cleaner
Commercial grout cleaners aren’t too expensive and many work well. But a homemade cleaning solution can be less costly and do as good a job as store-bought brands.
If you’re inclined the do-it-yourself way, try a solution of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap. It’s easy on the environment and will rival these commercial products in effectiveness.
Here’s a proven grout cleaner recipe:
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tsp dish soap
To use, spread the mixture on the grout with a spoon or spatula. You’ll need to wait a few minutes longer than with the commercial scrubs. After that, scrub with a stiff brush. Then rinse to reveal sparkling clean grout.
This homemade grout cleaner uses ingredients you probably already have around the house. It doesn’t smell bad, release harmful gases or pollute the environment.
Grout Cleaners to Avoid
At one time or another, probably every cleaner ever invented has been tried for cleaning stubborn grout stains. Many of those don’t work as well as any of these top five. Here are some to avoid:
Oxygen-based cleansers such as Oxiclean are good for laundry and many other cleaning jobs. Grout scouring isn’t one of them. A paste of Oxiclean applied with a stiff brush may leave the grout looking better than before. But you’ll expend plenty of elbow grease.
And Oxiclean still won’t do as good a job as these specialized grout cleaners. There are easier and better ways. Magic Erasers also will get grout clean. And they’ll do so without chemicals and with less scrubbing than Oxiclean.
But when it comes to cost-effectiveness, Magic Erasers are less than magical. Cleaning grout wears through the costly scrubbers at an alarming rate. You’ll get equal results for less money with a cleaning solution and a reusable brush.
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner
You may be tempted to use something such as Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner on dirty grout. The nozzle applicator seems designed for coating narrow grout lines. And, of course, it disinfects as it cleans.
But Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner is too harsh to spread over a wide area of flooring. Its formula is great for toilets, but overkill for grout. One of these grout cleaners is better for this purpose.
Which Grout Cleaner Should You Use?
Cleaning grout can be a tiring, dirty job. If you’re going to do it, you want good results. There is no shortage of products that claim to be outstanding products. Most of the commercial ones will at least get the grout cleaner than it was.
But not all cleaners are good for all purposes. Some can damage certain surfaces. Others may require a lot of scrubbing, or use harsh chemicals.
It may take some experimentation to get exactly the right cleaner for your particular grout cleaning job. But to get the most bang for your buck, you won’t go far wrong with any of these cleaning products.