Two years ago we installed a beautiful dark grey slate tile in our guest bathroom. I knew a white grout would make this really pop. Making the decision to use white grout would mean regular upkeep to keep it looking nice and white. Especially when you live in a house with now two kids and two dogs. I mean this floor has seen it’s fair share of pee puddles between the dog and the potty-trained kid. It was becoming apparent that a deep cleaning was in order. So when it’s to the point of needing a refresher, here is how to maintain poppin’ white grout.
What you will need
All you need is a heavy duty acidic cleaner. I used this cleaner that is made for tile and grout. To mix the solution, start with a 10:1 ratio of water to cleaner. It was enough to get our dirty grout clean. I simply took a toothbrush and applied/scrubbed the grout with it. I was pretty liberal with the amount of cleaner I used so that it would sit in the solution. You let that sit for 5 minutes. I went back through, scrubbing at various times. After letting it set, you could easily see the soiled spots coming clean.
I then used a clean bucket of water and a rag to rinse off the grout lines before coming back with a mixture of vinegar, dawn dish soap and water to give the area a thorough mop. That rag was white, can you see how much funk came out? I worked in small sections from beginning to end before moving on to the next.
There were a few spots that required an extra round of cleaning. But I can easily say that this did wonders for our white grout. Now, it looks nearly new. I hope this quick how-to helps you maintain clean grout lines. If your grout isn’t very responsive to this solution, then I can this grout white pen.