How to Clean Large Areas of Grout

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Clean large areas of grout with a vinegar solution and scrub brush.
Clean large areas of grout with a vinegar solution and scrub brush. (Image: Buena Vista Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

When you have a large area of grout to clean, such as a kitchen floor or bathroom shower enclosure, you often want to get through the cleaning routine quickly and effectively. You need to keep in mind that the tile and grout is highly durable, but the wrong cleaning elements can cause damage and discoloration to many types of tile and grout. Instead of taking this risk, make your own cleaning solution that incorporates mild and safe cleaning ingredients.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Nylon scrub brush
  • Mop or cleaning rags

Mix 1 gallon warm water, 1 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda in a bucket.

Dip your nylon scrub brush into the mixture and scrub over the grout in large circular scrubbing motions. Continue across all of the grout.

Discard the cleaning solution from the bucket, and refill the bucket with plain warm water.

Dip a cleaning rag or mop into the mixture, wring it out slightly and wipe over the tile and grout to collect any leftover residue or cleaning solution.

Let the grout air dry.

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