7 of the best grout cleaners to refresh and renew tiles
Is your dirty grout ruining the look of your bathroom? Take a look at our pick of the best grout cleaners to restore and revive your grout, giving your bathroom a clean and fresh feel
Cleaning your grout is not an everyday job, or even necessarily an every week job, but it sure does make a difference. Grout is made of sand and is porous so is prone to getting very dirty from limescale (check out our round-up of the best limescale removers), black mould, and perhaps even bath crayons which one parent in our Top Testers Club said had been used by their child to colour in the grout.
To help you find a grout cleaner that works, we asked our Top Testers Club which product they use and recommend to clean their grout. When testing and selecting the best grout cleaners, we considered effectiveness, versatility, suitability and value.
To make your bathroom really shine, take a look at our pick of the best bathroom cleaners, electric cleaning brushes and best steam mops. For handy guides on bigger cleaning jobs, take a look at how to clean a washing machine and how to clean a dishwasher.
Best grout cleaners at a glance
- Best heavy-duty grout cleaner: HG Grout Cleaner, £3.50
- Best versatile grout cleaner: The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste, £1.50
- Best grout cleaner for a fresh scent: Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster Apple Burst, £1.38
- Best grout cleaner for faster cleaning: JML Hurricane Spin Scrubber, £39.99
- Best grout cleaner for grout revival: Unibond Grout Reviver Pen, £4
- Best grout cleaner for limescale: Viakal Limescale Remover Spray, £3.50
- Best grout cleaner for black mould: Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover, £3.99
What to consider when choosing a grout cleaner
Grout colour – If you have coloured grout, then you need to be careful when choosing a grout cleaner. Most will be okay but if you're using a grout pen (such as the one featured in this article) then it may come out a different colour to your grout, so do pay extra attention to this.
Mould and mildew – As previously stated, mould and mildew are common culprits for dirtying up your grout. If this is the case, then a regular grout cleaner may not be enough, you might need to use a specially designed cleaner to tackle the mould and mildew.
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Versatility – Many of the grout cleaners featured in this list are versatile and can be used to clean other things too. This makes the product good value and prevents having lots of different cleaning products taking up space in the cupboard.
Capacity – If you're considering value, it's also a good idea to look at the capacity of the product. A larger capacity means it will last you much longer so you may be better off buying a more expensive option that will last you longer.
Our pick of the best grout cleaners
1. HG Grout Cleaner, £3.50
– Best heavy-duty grout cleaner
Capacity: 500ml | Suitable for: Wall tiles, floor tiles, brick
If your grout is particularly dirty then you may require a slightly more heavy-duty option like this HG Grout Cleaner.
Parent tester Charlotte said, "It works miracles with minimal effort" and parent tester Jessica added, "It works so well, just spray and leave for 5 minutes or so and then scrub or wipe off."
This grout cleaner is great at restoring the original colour and is suitable for use on ceramic, porcelain and slate tiles.
Pros: Heavy-duty, easy to use, minimal effort required, suitable for all tile types
2. The Pink Stuff – The Miracle Cleaning Paste, £1.50
– Best for versatility
Capacity: 850g | Suitable for: Everything
The renowned and beloved Pink Stuff is used for pretty much everything around the house, so it's no shock it can work as an excellent grout cleaner too.
Parent tester Charlene said, "We love and swear by the Pink Stuff paste in a tub, it works wonders on my grout even when the kids have used the bath crayons to colour it in."
It effortlessly removes stains and dirt from your grout and is incredibly versatile so can be used on pretty much anything.
To clean your grout with the Pink Stuff, just place the paste on the dirty grout and wipe with a soft cloth or sponge.
Pros: Versatile, easy to use, effective
Cons: Not specifically designed for tiles
3. Astonish Mould & Mildew Blaster Apple Burst, £1.38
– Best for fresh scent
Capacity: 750ml | Suitable for: Walls, uPVC, window frames, plastic shower curtains, bathroom ties, grout, silicone sealant, concrete, sinks, plugholes
If you want a grout cleaner that is also going to leave behind a lovely, fresh scent then this one is ideal.
It works simultaneously to destroy mould and grime while whitening your grubby grout.
To use, just spray it onto the surface, leave for a few minutes and then wipe clean; no scrubbing is required.
Parent tester Roxy said, "We use Astonish Mould and Mildew Blaster weekly on the grout and it has good results."
Pros: Lovely scent, destroys mould and mildew, easy to use, no scrubbing required
Cons: May not be as heavy duty for cleaning grout
4. JML Hurricane Spin Scrubber, £39.99
– Best for faster cleaning
Capacity: 750ml | Suitable for: Everything
Not exactly a grout cleaner, but a very useful tool to refresh and clean your grout. This spin scrubber tackles soap, scum, mildew, calcium, limescale and hard water stains that may be tarnishing your grout.
The brush spins at 300 rpm and extends to over 4-feet long, making it easy to reach high-up tiles that may otherwise get missed.
It has 3 interchangeable heads to help you achieve the task at hand.
Pros: Reaches high for hard-to-reach tiles, interchangeable heads for different jobs
Cons: May need a grout cleaner to go with it
Available from: Amazon
5. Unibond Grout Reviver Pen, £4
– Best for grout revival
Capacity: 7ml | Suitable for: Any grout
If your grout is old and lacking its brightness, then rather than just giving it a clean, it might require some restoration. This pen allows for easy and precise application, just shake the pen and apply to the grubby grouting. Home tester Carla said, "If I do have any stains that for some reason won't go then I use Unibond Grout Reviver."
The pen is an Ice White colour so will not work for reviving coloured grout. The 7ml pen should be able to revive approximately 60m of grouting.
It dries within just 60 minutes, so no need to keep the shower or bath off limits for days. The pen offers triple protection against mould and is waterproof, making it suitable for use in bathrooms.
Pros: Revives grout, easy and precise to use, covers stains, covers around 60m of grout, dries in 60 mins, protects against mould, waterproof
Cons: Not suitable for coloured grout, does not clean
6. Viakal Limescale Remover Spray, £2.50
– Best for limescale
Capacity: 500ml | Suitable for: Shower, bath, taps, tiles
If your grout is looking a little unloved, it could actually be limescale causing the problem, especially if you live in a hard water area, prone to scale.
Parent tester Rebecca said, "We use Viakal Limescale Remover Spray and a good scourer, we live in a really hard water area and it's the only thing that works really well without too much effort."
Viakal aims to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and 100% of limescale. It can be used regularly to try and protect the grout from deteriorating.
Pros: Removes limescale, easy to use, requires minimal effort
Cons: Only works if grout is dirty from limescale
7. Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover, £3.50
– Best for black mould
Capacity: 750ml | Suitable for: Bathroom and living room
Black mould is another culprit for tarnishing your grout. It's very common in damp and poorly ventilated areas within your bathroom and particularly in the shower. Parent tester Katie uses this to clean her grout and said, "I swear by Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover, it literally works wonders."
It has a combination of cleaning agents and disinfectant to try and get rid of 100% of black mould. It doesn't require much effort either, meaning no need to scrub, simply spray on, leave for a few minutes and wipe off with a clean cloth or sponge.
Pros: Tackles black mould, no scrubbing required, easy to use
Cons: Only works if grout is dirty from black mould
How did we choose our 7 of the Best?
When testing and selecting the best grout cleaners, we considered effectiveness, versatility, suitability and value.
Our Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.
Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.
Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team, specialising in household and trying to help parents save money. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products, ranging from best cordless vacuums to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development. During her teenage years she worked as a play worker and Brownie volunteer to support children's play.
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