How to Clean Mineral Deposits From Shower Grout

Mineral deposits often develop in the shower area, as it is common to let the surface air dry.

Clean mineral deposits off shower grout with white vinegar.Clean mineral deposits off shower grout with white vinegar.
When you have hard water and allow it to stand on the surface, the result can be an unattractive cloudy haze. To remove this residue you must cut through the buildup without damaging the grout or surrounding tile. This can be done with low-cost household ingredients.

Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar.

Spray the mixture onto the grout, saturating it thoroughly. Scrub with a wet nylon sponge with scrubber attachment. Continue until all grout is cleaned.

Sprinkle the sponge with a dusting of baking soda for heavier buildup as this gives an abrasive texture that helps break up the deposits. Scrub the rough side of the sponge over the grout and continue until all residue is removed.

Rinse off the shower grout and wipe clean with a dry rag. Also dry your shower after use, when possible, with a clean rag to reduce mineral buildup.

Things You Will Need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge with nylon scrubber

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