Cleaning Impossible: Shower Grout

Author: Lauren Ross

modern en-suite bathroom with a shower cabin and dark ceramic ti

Cleaning shower grout has never been an easy task. Because of its porosity and lighter coloring, grout is very susceptible to stains, mildew, dirt, and soap scum. Grout lines are typically small, so they’re almost impossible to clean with a rag or sponge – even when using the most powerful bathroom cleaning solutions. It’s also a chore most of us tend to ignore – I know I’m guilty. We see it every time we step into the shower, but the thought of scrubbing relentlessly for hours on end is just a less than ideal way of spending an afternoon. However, we must put on our rubber gloves at some point because cleaning shower grout is a chore we can’t ignore forever.

To help alleviate the headache of spending hours cleaning and scrubbing, we’ve compiled helpful tips that will remove stains quickly and get your shower looking brand new.

Light Stains – Vinegar Solution

That’s right! A simple vinegar solution will help remove mild stains and mildew from your shower grout in no time at all. Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half warm water, then spray generously on the shower grout and let sit for 5-8 minutes. After you’ve let the solution set in, scrub the grout with a heavy-duty grout brush.

Moderate Stains – Baking Soda + Vinegar Solution

Baking soda and vinegar spray will cut through those moderately tough stains and get your grout sparkling again. In a small bowl, mix together baking soda and water to form a thick paste, then apply into the grout using a brush and spray with vinegar solution. The paste will begin to bubble –  working away the stains and soap scum in the process. Begin scrubbing with a grout brush and rinse area thoroughly with warm water.

Tough Stains – Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide spray is a great way to remove grimy buildup in the grout. Simply spray the grout and let sit for 5 minutes, and then use your grout brush to remove the soap scum and mildew. Need a little more cleaning power? Try making a paste combining hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Apply paste to grout lines and let it sit for 5 minutes. After, scrub grime away and rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Want to keep the shower grout stain free? Spray vinegar solution 2 times a week after showering and wipe down thoroughly. This way you can preserve your apartment and save time on bathroom cleaning.

Safety Note: Always use the proper precautions when handling or using cleaning solutions. Some tips to consider:

  • Always Read Warning and Ingredient Labels
  • Keep Solutions, Pastes, and Ingredients Out of Reach of Children and Pets
  • Wear Safety Attire
  • Keep Room Well-Ventilated

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