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Tips for Cleaning Bathroom Grout

Mould & limescale can easily build up on bathroom surfaces! Read our tips for cleaning bathroom grout and learn how to banish grout stains for good.


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Once mold and mildew starts to appear in the bathroom, it can be difficult to keep at bay. Make light work of cleaning bathroom tiles and grout with these handy tips.

To clean bathroom tile grout, prevention is better than cure! Always wipe down wet surfaces after you use the bathroom, and spray with equal parts white vinegar and water to keep mildew and limescale deposits at bay.

Cleaning Bathroom Tiles and Grout

Hard-wearing and waterproof tiled surfaces look great in the bathroom. However, while tiles are pretty easy to keep clean, grout can quickly become discolored and tired-looking thanks to mold, mildew, and soap stains. Read on to discover how to clean bathroom tile grout effectively.

How do you clean grout?

  1. First, thoroughly clean the bathroom tile grout using a thick cleaning product, such as Cif Cream. Work the cream into the grout using a cloth, and then leave it for five to ten minutes. Rinse the residue from the cleaner away using fresh water. Remember to always follow the instructions on your product’s label.

  2. Chlorine household bleach or oxygen bleach powder will have a whitening effect on discolored tile grout. When cleaning bathroom tiles and grout with bleach, ensure that the area is well ventilated. Always read the label directions on any cleaning product that you are using – some colored grouts may fade when using a bleach-based cleaner. Using a grout brush (or an old toothbrush will do), dip the brush into the bleach and scrub firmly along the grout lines. Leave the bleach to rest for an hour or two, and then rinse away with fresh water and a clean cloth.

  3. If mold and mildew marks still remain, baking soda and white vinegar create a natural solution for cleaning bathroom grout. Make a thick paste by adding a small amount of vinegar to the baking soda. Using a stiff brush, scrub the paste onto the grout. Once the dirt and mildew have lifted, simply rinse away with fresh water.

Safety Warning

Use biocides safely. Always read the product label before use.

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* Thoroughly clean the tile surfaces and grout using a thick cream cleaner, such as .

  • Use a stiff brush to work cleaning products into the grout’s porous surface. An old toothbrush is ideal!

  • Try a mix of baking soda and white vinegar as a natural solution for cleaning grout.

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Frequently asked questions on cleaning bathroom grout

Does shaving cream clean grout?

Leaving shaving cream on your grout for a few minutes is a cheap and effective way to clean it. Its thick consistency, and proactive ingredients such as soap and moisturizers, make it an ideal candidate for cleaning the grout and even the tiles themselves.

How do you clean a shower head with bleach?

While you may have come here looking for steps for how to clean a shower head with bleach, we don't recommend it. Although it can be an effective cleaner and stain remover for other things around your home, bleach has been shown to potentially increase bacteria in shower heads meaning that it is an unsafe option. Instead consider using other home remedies such as vinegar.

Is Cif cream cleaner eco friendly?

Although it's not 100% natural, Cif cleaner could be considered eco-friendly due to the fact the bottle is made from recycled plastic and is also 100% recyclable (as long as you remember to remove the sleeve). It is also multi-purpose, reducing your need for multiple products around your home.

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