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How to Clean Grout After Using Grout Paint or Sealer

Did you know that some cleaners can ruin your grout paint/sealer? Here’s how to safely clean grout after using grout paint & grout sealers.

How to Clean Grout After Using Grout Paint

I LOVE grout paints. They can make even the ugliest grout look new again.

Just be sure to carefully follow the directions to clean and prep your grout properly before applying the grout paint.

AND, if you want to keep that grout paint looking good, you have to pick cleaners that are safe to use on grout paint and sealers.

Most grout paint product recommendations will say that you need to clean your grout with a neutral cleaner to keep the painted grout looking nice.

BUT, I often see people using cleaners with solvents on their floors that will breakdown the grout paint AND/OR any sealer on your grout.

If you breakdown the sealer on your grout trying to clean it, you’ll actually make it easier for dirt and stains to penetrate your grout.

So, your grout will start to look ugly, dirty, or dingy faster than it would if you used the correct cleaners.

In this post, I’ll go over how to safely clean grout after using grout paint & grout sealers.

Did you know that some cleaners can ruin your grout paint/sealer? Here's how to safely clean grout after using grout paint & grout sealers.
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Safely Clean Grout After Using Grout Paint or Grout Sealer

For weekly or even daily cleaning, I prefer to use a steam mop cleaner on my grout. I love steam cleaning anything I can!

Steam cleaning works without any chemicals or even store-bought safe or “green” cleaners. So, I have less plastic bottles in my house, less plastic to recycle, and I’m SAVING MONEY. *Happy Dance*

Does Steam Cleaning Actually Work? Yes!

A steam cleaner super heats water so that it can easily loosen dirt AND kill dust mites, mold, staph, other allergens and harmful bacteria on many surfaces.

Then a cloth can wipe away the dirt and grime, leaving a clean and sanitized surface behind.

You can also use neutral or alkaline cleaners that are safe for grout. Like, just classic Dawn Dish Soap mixed with warm water.

Be sure to always use a soft-bristle brush to clean grout too. Stiff bristle brushes will damage grout sealers, sometimes tile, and they can even remove grout.

Over the years, any grout is going to discolor. Grout is porous and stains like teeth.

You’ll eventually need to use a grout paint on it to restore the color. I recommend Grout Renew, it’s a paint and sealer in one. Just be sure to follow the directions to get long lasting results.

You can read more about why I love Grout Renew in Does Grout Renew Work or in How to Whiten Grout. Here’s the before and after pictures from my kitchen grout.

Before using Grout Renew, my favorite grout paint.
Before using Grout Renew in 2019.
After using Grout Renew, my favorite grout paint.
After using Grout Renew. Watch the video below to see how that grout looks 2 1/2 years later.

Best Products for Cleaning Grout

Always follow the directions on these products for the best results.

Use a good grout sealer to protect your grout from dirt and stains. I like this easy to use Black Diamond Grout Sealer.

Did you know that some cleaners can ruin your grout paint/sealer? Here's how to safely clean grout after using grout paint & grout sealers.

Popular Floor Cleaning Hacks that are BAD for Grout

I see tons of grout “cleaning hack” videos or cleaning recommendations in Facebook groups for products that aren’t really safe for cleaning grout.

After you use grout paint with built in grout sealers OR after using a sealer on your grout, you need to use a neutral cleaner to protect and extend the life of that grout paint and/or grout sealer.

Many of the products recommended in Cleaning Hacks are products that are actually bad for sealed grout AND very bad for unsealed grout.

Strong Solvents or Acidic Cleaners

Some acids and strong solvents can breakdown the grout paint or grout sealer. They can even breakdown unsealed grout and unsealed stone tile.

If a strong solvent or acid breaks down your grout paint, it can reveal darker, dirtier grout beneath the paint.

If a strong solvent or acid breaks down your grout sealer, it will remove the sealer that prevents dirt from building up in the pores and crevices of your dirt.

Using that makes your grout dirtier, faster than it would be with a grout sealer.

If you decide to use a strong solvent or acid based cleaner on your grout, you should always follow that up with a grout sealer to add that protection from future dirt and stains back onto your grout.

Examples of Grout Cleaning Hack Products that are actually bad for grout

If you use these to clean your grout, you should also use a grout sealer. And, don’t use them regularly. They can breakdown your grout, the sealer on the grout, and even porous tile and stone with frequent use.

  • CHLORINE Bleach
  • Toilet Cleaner with Bleach
  • Vinegar

Oil-based or Wax Cleaners

Also, beware of oil-based cleaners that can penetrate grout, making it dirtier. Oil and wax based cleaners will also grab onto dirt, trapping it in your grout.

And, there are 2 hugely popular floor cleaners that are actually bad for your grout. They are Pine-Sol and Murphy’s Oil Soap.

I can guarantee I have used both of those products in the past to clean my tile floors. I love the scent of both of those too. They just give me all the “clean home vibes”.

Stiff Bristle Brushes

Stiff Bristle Brushes are often recommended by people for cleaning grout. But they can be too rough, guys.

A stiff bristle brush can remove the protective layer of grout paint or grout sealer. They can even remove the grout.

Stiff bristle brushes can also scratch soft stone tile floors. So, I recommend soft bristle brushes or just a good steam cleaning crevice tool and a clean rag to wipe dirt away.

You can also use a safe scrubbing pad like the Scotch-Brite Dobie Sponge or the Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Sponge. I use both of those non-scratch sponges when I clean shower glass doors and when I clean marble shower tile.

If you use a stiff bristle brush on your grout, you should spray on a good grout sealer to protect it again. Again, I like this easy to use Black Diamond Grout Sealer.

Watch This Video about Grout Cleaning for More Info

How to Safely Clean Grout after Grout Paint or Grout Sealer

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Did you know that some cleaners can ruin your grout paint/sealer? Here's how to safely clean grout after using grout paint & grout sealers.
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