How to Steam Clean Floor Tile Grout

Steam cleaning is an effective way to clean dirty tile grout without having to use harsh chemicals or spend a great deal of time on your hands and knees scrubbing your floor.
Handheld steam cleaners are convenient and useful for this task but you can also use upright steam cleaners which can be rented from some home improvement stores or grocery stores. Make sure that you purchase the proper cleaning detergent for your steam cleaner to achieve the best results possible.

Step 1

Clear the tile floor by removing any items such as wastebaskets or tables and chairs. You do not have to move large appliances but keep in mind that you will only be able to clean the grout where the floor is exposed.

Step 2

Sweep and mop the floor to remove as much dirt as possible before you begin steam cleaning.

Step 3

Fill the steam cleaner according to the directions for the particular brand of cleaner you are using. Most steam cleaners use a mixture of water and detergent. If you are renting the cleaner, you should be able to purchase the required detergent from the same store.

Step 4

Turn the steam cleaner on and begin cleaning in one corner of the room. For handheld steam cleaners, direct the nozzle of the cleaner at the grout to remove dirt and stains. Upright steam cleaners, which resemble vacuum cleaners, are pushed back and forth across the floor in the same manner you would vacuum carpet.

Step 5

Clean a small section of the floor at a time and wipe the grout immediately with a clean towel if dirt persists. The dirt should come off easily after the grout has been steamed.

Step 6

Continue to steam clean the entire tile floor. Stay off of the floor for at least two to three hours after you finish cleaning to allow the floor to dry completely. If the grout is still damp after a few hours, wipe the grout dry with a towel before you begin sealing.

Step 7

Apply a sealer to the grout when it is completely dry. This will help protect the grout from spills and dirt and make future cleaning easier. Grout sealers are available at flooring and home improvement stores and often have an applicator attached to the bottle for your convenience. If the bottle does not include an applicator, use a small paint brush to apply the sealer directly to the grout.

Things You Will Need

  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Steam cleaner
  • Water
  • Detergent
  • Clean towel
  • Grout sealer

About the Author

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.