Tile is the easy-to-clean surface that reigns supreme in kitchens and bathrooms, but we’re not so wild about the stuff that glues the tiles together—you know, the grout. These grooves in between tiles are magnets for mold and dirt, not to mention notoriously annoying to clean. Still, if filthy grout is detracting from the beauty of your tiled floors, walls or counters, something must be done. For that reason, we took a deep dive into how to clean grout—and we’re happy to report that there are several effective and relatively easy ways to get the job done.
There are a number of ways to clean grout, but according to the experts at the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), any cleaning solution designed for the stuff—whether it has been whipped up at home or purchased at the store—should have a low pH. Per the ACI, when it comes to finding a cleaner that can help de-grime your grout, “you’ll want something alkaline, since most grout is primarily cement and can be dissolved by acids.” In other words, you might end up with a re-grouting project on your hands if you decide to deep clean your bathroom with an acidic cleaning product.