The best way to get rid of grout stains

May 5, 2017

Is there anything worse than dirty shower grout? It’s yucky, stubborn, and can ruin the look of even the cleanest bathroom. Personally, there are few tasks I hate more than cleaning grout, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to make this odious task a little easier. So, with spring cleaning season in full swing it’s time to face our fears and get a grip on grout.

 

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The best way to get clean grout is with a heavy dose of elbow grease, however, before you go nuts with the scrubbing brush you’ll need some liquid grout cleaner. Of course you could just go out and buy some, or better yet, you could just make your own! There are a number of recipes available online but I’m particularly partial to this recipe from Apartment Therapy.

You'll need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A scrubbing brush
  • A toothbrush
  • A spray bottle

Step 1:

 

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Start by filling a spray bottle with an equal mixture of white vinegar and water. Spray this solution onto the shower wall and leave it sit for a few minutes. Once it has had time to soak into the groat grab your scrubbing brush and go to town. Once you’ve scrubbed the area, rinse it with warm water.

Step 2:

 

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Combine the water and baking soda until you create a paste like consistency. Then , using a toothbrush, scrub this paste into the grout, focusing particularly on the noticeable grimy areas. Once the paste has been worked into the grout spray some of your vinegar solution onto the area. Scrub again followed by a good rinse with warm water.

Presuming that your shower isn’t filthy, this method should suffice for removing stubborn dirt. Now you can relax in the knowledge that your grout is spotless (for now).

 

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If you would like to save yourself a little time and effort next year, give your shower a spray with the vinegar and water solution every few days or so. This will prevent mildew and stains from forming. 

James Aitchison