How to Clean Grout

As chores go, scrubbing bathroom tiles is one of the most unpleasant on your to-do list―but having mildewy, bacteria-filled grout is even less appealing. The steps demonstrated in this video will make the process of cleaning grout simpler and faster.

What You Need:

rubber gloves, mildew remover, grout brush or old toothbrush, water, sponge

Follow These Four Easy Steps:

  1. How To: Clean Grout Step 11Spray on a mildew stain remover

    Wearing rubber gloves, spray the grout area well with mildew remover. (Be sure to use a cleaner specially formulated to tackle mildew: Ordinary cleaners won't make a dent in mildew or mold, and the ammonia in them may yellow the grout.)

  2. How To: Clean Grout Step 22Scrub the grout

    Using a grout brush or an old toothbrush, scrub tile in direction of the grout. Once you’re done, let the treatment sit for 15 minutes.

  3. How To: Clean Grout Step 33Rinse with water

    Rinse the entire surface clean with water and a sponge.

    Tip: Keep the brush handy while rinsing so you can scrub stubborn spots.

  4. How To: Clean Grout Step 44Spray one final time to prevent future stains

    Let the tile dry, and then give grout a final light misting with mildew remover to protect against future staining.

    Tip: You can prevent mold buildup by running a squeegee over tile after a shower. The same trick will eliminate soap buildup on glass shower doors.