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Various tools and materials to effectively clean tile grout.

Overview

Over time, the grout between tiles can become discoloured and even mouldy. However, with the right tools, you'd be surprised how easy it is to clean grout and rejuvenate your bathroom. We'll show you the tools and materials you need, including safety gear, to get your bathroom tiles looking brand new. 

Steps

1Clean tile area and grout

With a damp cloth, wipe down your bathroom tiles and grout. You can also give the floor a sweep and a mop to get rid of any dust and grit in the area.

Person wiping tiled wall with cloth.

2Apply grout cleaner

Before applying grout cleaner, make sure you have all of your safety gear on, including ventilation mask, eye protection and gloves. Spray your grout cleaner along the grout and then give it a couple of minutes to sink in. You can give problem areas a few sprays with the cleaner. 

Person using gloves spraying tiled wall with grout cleaner.

3Brush down the grout

With some warm water and a scrubbing brush, brush along the grout lines. You can then use a grout tool to rake any mould from the grout that is still remaining.

Person wearing gloves using brush to clean grout in between tiles

4Touch up areas with a grout pen

You can also use a grout pen to paint along the grout lines to brighten them up. Shake your pen well before use and then carefully follow the line of the grout to rejuvenate your tiles.

Person using grout pen in between tiles.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.