How to Clean Grout on Shower Floors

The grout between tiles collects dirt, mold and bacteria, especially in a shower. Mopping the floor doesn't get to the grout. The grout sits lower than the tile, where the mop head can't reach. Clean the grout at least once a month. If someone in the household gets a wart or has athlete's foot, clean the grout again to avoid cross contamination. Good ventilation prevents mold from growing. Calcium, lime and rust buildup comes from the water and can be removed with vinegar.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Rag
  • Scrub brush
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda


    • 1

      Fill the bucket one-quarter of the way with water. Wet the rag and wipe down the grout and tile. recommends wiping away all the dirt before cleaning the grout. Dirt on the tile can get into the grout if it's not cleaned.

    • 2

      Dump out the water. Pour 2 cups vinegar in the bucket. Add 2 cups water. Dip the scrub brush inside the water and vinegar. Scrub the grout. The vinegar kills mold and bacteria.

    • 3

      Sprinkle baking soda over the grout. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Scrub the grout with the baking soda. The baking soda removes stains and absorbs odors.

    • 4

      Rinse off the baking soda with water. Allow the grout to dry before walking on it or showering.

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