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What You Shouldn’t Use to Clean Your Grout

And What You Can Use

Shouldn't Use to Clean Your Grout

Don’t reach for any cleaning product when cleaning your tile and grout! Learn what you shouldn’t use to clean your grout and some safe solutions for getting these areas clean.

What You Shouldn’t Use to Clean Your Grout


While vinegar is a standard household cleaner, you shouldn’t use it to clean unsealed grout. Vinegar seeps into the air spaces in the grout, weakening them. With time, the vinegar deteriorates the grout by etching it or wearing it away.

Oil-Based Detergents

Pinesol and Pledge seem like great all-around cleaners for areas of your home. While you might want to use these wax- and oil-based cleaners that smell fantastic in your tiled areas, they can cause more harm than good. That’s because grout is porous and can absorb the oils or stains leftover from the heavy cleaning product. This grime is incredibly difficult to remove.

What You Should Use to Clean Your Grout

A Counter-Rotating Brush

Counter-rotating brushes are particularly useful tools for tile because they scrub the chemical into the grout for more effective cleaning than mopping. Plus, it’s certainly easier than using a bristle brush by hand. This tool has rotating brushes that move counterclockwise together to trap and absorb dirt and more without the use of a vacuum cleaner or mop. It’s what we use at JDog Carpet Cleaning and Floor Care to ensure your grout is as clean as can be.

Dirty Grout? Call JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care.

The Veterans and Military family members at JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care are ready to tackle any cleaning project in your home, from flooring to tile and siding to upholstery. You can count on us to show up on time and in uniform, and we won’t stop cleaning until your tile and grout are cleaned to our high standards—no mold, mildew, or grime remaining. Simply call us today at JDog Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care for a free quote.