How to Clean Floor Grout Without Scrubbing

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Alex Mcil

You’ve just grouted a tile floor, and you are delighted by the outcome. But now comes the daunting part for many people – cleaning floor grout on the tiles.

Luckily, our experience in this field will come in handy for you. In this article, you will learn how to clean floor grout without scrubbing the bathroom tiles and by using natural products. In a nutshell, you will learn how to:

  1. Sweep the Floor
  2. Make a Cleaner
  3. Apply the Cleaner
  4. Sit and Wait
  5. Wipe it Away
  6. Seal the Cleaned Grout
How to clean floor grout without scrubbing

Let’s get the ball rolling. 

The Easiest Way to Clean Floor Grout Without Scrubbing

Step 1: Sweep the Floor

First and foremost, you want to sweep the tiled floor before you get round to doing the cleaning process.

Do your regular cleaning routine. Use a soft bristle brush to collect any dirt and dust from your bathroom. Alternatively a standard vacuum cleaner will do the job just as well, if not better and quicker.

Now let’s see how to make the best homemade tile grout cleaner for removing dirty grout. 

Step 2: Make a Cleaner

There are many natural options you can use for cleaning dirty grout lines, including hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar. 

The most powerful one is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Follow these steps to make a homemade tile grout cleaner and get rid of those pesky grout stains. 

  1. Prepare a clean bowl. 
  2. Add one cup of baking soda to it. 
  3. Then, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into the bowl.
  4. Add a few drops of water and a few drops of lemon juice if you like. 
  5. Stir everything together until it looks like a sticky baking soda paste. 

If you opt for a vinegar grout cleaner for cleaning grout, follow these steps: 

  1. Prepare a clean spray bottle.  
  2. Pour a glass of hot water into it. 
  3. Add half a cup of baking soda.
  4. Squeeze in some lemon juice.
  5. Pour two glasses of white vinegar. 
  6. Shake it well.

Since the vinegar cleaner is slightly milder than the mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, you can spray larger quantities of it for the grout cleaning process. 

Some people like to use a clorox gel toilet bowl cleaner and a soft toothbrush, too. You don’t want to leave it on for more than 10 minutes. 

In the end, it is up to you to decide. Choose the method you are most comfortable with. 

Step 3: Apply the Cleaner

Once you have made your grout cleaning solution, it is time to apply it. 

Use a spatula to spread the paste made of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide onto the dirty grout tiles. If you are using the liquid grout clean mixture, spray generously over the grout lines. 

Make sure you are wearing protective gloves. Leave the windows open when using any type of bathroom grout cleaning products.

Step 4: Sit and Wait

After the application, allow approximately 15 minutes for the peroxide grout mixture to start doing the job and at least half an hour for the vinegar cleaner to start displaying a chemical reaction. 

Get out of the bathroom at this point. Make sure your family or pets don’t go into the bathroom during this time. You can use this time to relax, read or do other house chores. 

Step 5: Wipe it Away

Don’t be surprised if you see some bubbles forming on your bathroom tiles. At this point, you need to wipe the stains using a damp microfiber cloth.

Once you have wiped away the cleaning solution, use dish soap or a mild detergent and warm water to go over the tiles with a mop to remove any loose or stubborn dirt.

Step 6: Seal Cleaned Grout

Now that you have got rid of all the undesirable grout lines on the tiles, you want to seal the cleaned grout in order to protect the natural stone tiles and maintain the same color. Sealing will also deter any water or chemical damage, stains, or abrasion. 

To seal the cleaned grout, you can opt for penetrating sealers or topical sealers. Penetrating sealers are designed for natural stone, and as their name implies, they penetrate into the cleaned grout.

On the other hand, topical sealers are meant for concrete and pavers, and they sit on top of the cleaned grout. Penetrating sealers also form a protective layer that’s not slippery, with a nice, matte finish, which is not the case with the topical ones. 

If the Grout Stains Persist

Here are some of the solutions that can work if the grout stains persist. Frankly, these are not without any negative effects, but if you really need to get rid of the stains, they’ll do the job. 

Oxygen Bleach Solution

Now, oxygen bleach (clorox bleach) is very harsh and said to be the ultimate grout cleaner for the worst stains. However, it can have a negative effect both on you and on your bathroom tiles. For what it’s worth, oxygenated bleach is at least milder than chlorine bleach.

That said, it is not advisable to use it frequently, but you can get away with it this one time to revitalize bathroom tiles. The steps are as follows: 

  1. Apply the undiluted compound onto the bad stains. 
  2. Allow 10 to 15 minutes to react without scrubbing. 
  3. Allow fresh air in and ventilate the area. 
  4. Wipe the bathroom tiles away with a damp cloth.
  5. Give a once over with a mop and soapy water to remove left over Clorox bleach. 

Alkaline Cleaners

An alkaline cleaner is a store-bought grout cleaner specifically designed for getting rid of grout caused by mold or mildew. That said, it cleans grout on the bathroom tiles effectively, even better than other cleaning methods. 

To administer the product, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the packaging since there is not a universal, hard-and-thrust rule I can give you here. 

Don’t leave it to react longer than advised. Leave windows open when conducting the procedure. 

Mild Brushing

What I am referring to by “Mild Brushing” is using a soft toothbrush, a slightly more sturdy paintbrush, or a soft bristle brush in combination with the right cleaner or dishwashing liquid to clean grout. 

This will hardly damage the multiple bathroom tiles, and it is even milder in removing stained grout than an alkaline tile cleaner or bleach. It will not only help you remove grout but also loose dirt, with minimal scrubbing

Steam Cleaners

Finally, you can remove any floor grout without scrubbing or using chemicals by using a steam cleaner. Fill it with water, set it to steam, and attach an appropriate brush or nozzle onto it. 

Using back-and-forth strokes, start scrubbing the tile grout. Pause often to remove the dirt before continuing with steam cleaning. This will prevent the spread of the grime on your floor.

If you don’t want to invest money on a hardwood floor machine, consider hiring a professional to get the job done.

A Word of Caution

Some cleaners might be more abrasive and aggressive than others. This is especially true of chemical ones, bleach, toilet bowl cleaners, or alkaline cleaners.

With this in mind, always use eye and hand protection. Leave the windows open to let the air in. Don’t let your children or pets play around while you are cleaning the floor tiles. 

Conclusion

Cleaning grout on tile floors can be a bit of a nuisance. But with this guide, you can learn how to clean ceramic tile bathroom grout with minimal scrubbing and minimal effort. 

Some people prefer to use alkaline cleaners, but I recommend using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar. After making the cleaner, apply it and wait for it to react. Then, wipe it with a damp cloth. 

If the cleaning power of the product is not strong enough to remove the stubborn stains, consider using bleach, a steam cleaner, or a scrub brush. 

Frequently Asked Questions
✓ What is the Easiest Way to Clean Floor Grout?

The easiest and most effective natural way to clean floor and tile grout is by combining hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a few drops of water. Once the mixture becomes sticky, apply it over freshly swept floor tiles using a spatula. Allow the mixture to dry for about 15 minutes. Wipe with a damp cloth afterward. This will remove any grout types.

✓ Why Clean Grout on the Floor?

The first thought when it comes to removing floor grout is to make the tiles look aesthetically more pleasing. However, that's not the main cause. You want to live in an environment that's safe and clean, without any fungus or grout mold.