How to Clean Colored Tile Grout

Tile creates a great durable and easy to care for the finish on many surfaces in the home; from floors, to shower surrounds, to a kitchen backsplash. There are so many different ways to create a stylish look with tile. some people like to bump that stylish look up with the use of colored grout.

At All Kleen we pride ourselves on making customer service and satisfaction a top priority. We have helped to revive colored tile grout and traditional white tile grout in many Lynnwood homes. We clean all types of tile and grout including natural stone tiles. We have a team of highly trained professional cleaners ready to tackle your toughest grout stains and apply grout sealant to help prevent stains from setting in and becoming impossible to clean. For more information about our tile and grout cleaning services in Lynnwood or surrounding areas please contact us any time. Making an appointment is easy online from our site or over the phone.

Though tile and grout provide high style, your grout lines can become very dingy and much less appealing over time. When you begin to notice some grout grunge you will want to get out some cleaner and scrub away.

When your grout gets grungy Mandy people grab for the standard bleach and a toothbrush to get their grout lines looking white and sparkling again, but it won’t work for colored grout. The purpose of colored grout is the color, and bleach will ruin that color.

Here Are Some Great Ways to Clean Your Colored Grout

There are a couple of different homemade solutions you can try to get colored grout looking new again. We recommend trying the mildest solution first until you find the one that works for you.

1.    Vinegar- start with a simple solution of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Apply it directly to the grout and let it sit for a few minutes. Gently scrub away grime with a small brush like an un-used toothbrush.

2.    Baking Soda- another great and mild cleaning agent you probably already have in your cupboard. Mix a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the grout it makes a great scrubber. Take a sponge and wipe the grime away.

3.    Hydrogen Peroxide- dilute some hydrogen peroxide with water and apply it to grout lines. You may want to test a very small unseen area of the grout lines before applying to the whole area. Hydrogen peroxide can act as a bleaching agent and you do not want it to pull the color out of your grout lines. If your test area comes out alright and you clean all of your grout lines make sure not to keep the hydrogen peroxide on for too long.

4.    Oxygen Bleach- this is a strong cleaner that allows for very little scrubbing but you want to use it sparingly. The chlorine can wear down grout lines over time.

Have Your Grout Professionally Deep Cleaned

The easiest way to ensure your grout always looks its best and is clean and sanitized is a yearly professional deep tile and grout cleaning and sealing. A professional cleaner will come in with high powered equipment to reach the deepest parts of the grout that home cleaning can’t reach. Once the grout is looking cleaner than you thought it could, have your professional cleaner seal the grout.

Professional grout sealing is a protective coating that helps to prevent staining. It is not a guarantee against staining as much as a barrier to prolong substances from soaking into the grout giving you a little extra time to clean the grout.

Yearly professional cleanings will help to make regular at home cleanings easier as well as prolong the life of your tile and grout. We help many homeowners in the Lynnwood area to get their colored grout looking fresh and new again. Sometimes our clients are surprised at what professional cleaning can do to help with their grout. We have over 30 years of experience in the cleaning business. For tile and grout cleaning and sealing in Lynnwood and surrounding areas make an appointment online or over the phone with us any time.  

For the best in professional tile and grout cleaning make an appointment online with All Kleen.



  1. TinaMarie on June 15, 2019 at 12:40 am

    What product would you use to get soap film off of large shower brown tiles?
    Thank you

  2. Denise Nico on November 6, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Hi I have dark charcoal porcelain tile on my shower floor with matching grout. There is mineral build up on the grout where white wall tiles meet the dark charcoal porcelain floor tile as well as areas on the floor tiles where they meet the drain. I’ve tried several different shower cleaning products as well as vinegar and baking soda paste. Nothing works and some have created light spots in the tile. What can I use that will be safe for my dark tile and grout? Thanks so much!

    • Tammy on November 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      Give us a call and we’d be happy to talk about it or come out for an estimate.

  3. Rosa on July 13, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Hello, i have new laid dark brown wood tile with dark brown grout, for what ever the reason some section of my house has like a dusty look on the grout and the other is normal what it should look like. what can i use to get my grout color back without damaging it

  4. Lynn on September 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Hi! I used peroxide and it bleached my light grey grout. What can I do to get the original color back? Thanks!

    • Glenda on November 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      I’m dealing with same type thing. We’ve cleaned certain areas of our kitchen floor more often than others with products that have bleached out the taupe/gray grout color. I know they make grout pens in colors, but I have not found any with the right color or that got good reviews. Now I’m looking to Polyblend Grout Renew. They have lots of colors and I may just go lighter to hopefully give my kitchen an “updated” look. Please post if you find a good alternative.

  5. Jan on January 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Have some shower colored grout that wasn’t sealed properly and am seeing beginning of mold in a few spots. Trying to remove mold stains and then will reseal. Have tried many solutions and nothing seems to be removing the stains. Any suggestions?