How to Remove Grease Stains from Grout



Grout, used in most tile floors and counters in the kitchen and bathroom, is a beautiful but porous material making it prone to all kinds of stains. When accompanied by oil spills or spatters out of pots during cooking in the kitchen or hairspray residue in the bathroom, grout is likely to form prominent grease stains, ruining its own appearance as well as the appearance of the entire kitchen or bathroom. Not only is grout difficult to clean, but standard products may not even be able to clean the grease stains from the grout. However, this article provides a solution to your headache. Listed below are some methods that can help you in getting rid of the grease stains from the grout, using just a few household ingredients. Remember to always test your cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of the grout to check if the grout is color fast.

Method One (Using Washing Soda)

Things that you will require:

·      Gloves
·      Goggles
·      Bucket
·      Water
·      Washing soda
·      Measuring cup
·      Spatula
·      Soft, clean cloths
·      Handheld brush
·      Toothbrush

Steps that you will need to take:

1.   The first step requires you to make sure that you have fully protected yourself before starting the cleaning process. To do so, wear gloves and goggles. Any contact of the washing soda with your skin can be hazardous for you. Also, open the windows, and switch the fan on.

2.   Now, to make your cleaning solution, grab a bucket, and pour 1 gallon of warm water in it. Add ½ a cup of washing soda in the bucket. Use a spatula to stir the solution. Make sure both the ingredients mix completely.

3.   Take a soft, clean cloth, and dip its end in the solution. Be careful. You do not want the solution to come in contact with your hand.

4.   Apply the solution on to the grease stains on the grout.

5.   Start scrubbing the grease stain with a brush large enough for the stain. Do so in a circular motion. Do not scrub too hard such that the surface gets ruined. You may want to use a small toothbrush for corners or for spaces between the grout.

6.   Leave the solution in place for 5 minutes.

7.   Empty the washing soda solution from the bucket. Fill the bucket with plain water only.

8.   Next, take another soft, clean cloth. Soak it in plain water, and start scrubbing the stained area to remove the washing soda solution from the grout.

9.   Make sure that the grout dries completely so that mold does not start growing on it. Check the grout for any remaining stains of grease. If you see any, repeat the above steps.


Method Two (Using White Vinegar)

Things that you will require:

·      Bowl
·      White vinegar
·      Water
·      Measuring cup
·      Soft, clean cloths
·      Handheld brush
·      Toothbrush

Steps that you will need to take:

1.   Firstly, ensure that the bathroom or kitchen is well ventilated. Open the windows and doors, and turn the fan on.

2.   The white vinegar solution is suitable for delicate surfaces and for grease stains that are not too stubborn. To make your cleaning solution, grab a bowl and mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part water in it.

3.   Now, soak a soft, clean cloth in the solution, and apply it to the grease stains on the grout.

4.   Leave the solution in place for approximately 3-5 minutes.

5.   Grab a handheld brush, and start scrubbing the stained area with it. Be careful to not scrub the surface too abrasively. This can ruin the grout. Use a toothbrush for spaces between the grout and the corners.

6.   Empty the solution from the bowl, and fill it with plain water.

7.   Dip another clean cloth in the bowl.

8.   Wipe the surface clean with the wet cloth.

9.   Let the grout dry completely. Leaving it wet can cause mold to grow on the grout. Check the grout for any remaining traces of grease. If there are any, repeat the above steps.

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