How to Steam Clean Tile Grout

Harsh chemicals are not only rough on the environment but also can be rough on your tile grout. Sometimes the best way to clean tile grout is to simply steam-clean it. With hand-held steam cleaners, it is easy to remove dirt, soap scum and even mould from your tile grout.

Fill your hand-held steam cleaner with the prescribed amount of water. Make sure not to overfill. Closed the water receptacle.

Plug in your steam cleaner and wait 5 minutes for the water to fully heat up.

Pull the trigger on your steam cleaner while focusing the stream of steam on the grout. If you are cleaning bathroom tiles, steam from the top of your shower down. If you are steaming floors, start from one corner of the room.

Wipe the area you steamed with a dry towel. This allows you to get any excess grime that the steam cleaner has knocked loose.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until your grout is clean.


Some hand-held steamers have attachments. If you have attachments, use the soft-bristled brush attachment and gently scrub up and down as you go over the grout.


Be sure to unplug the hand-held steam cleaner when you are done. Never open the water receptacle without letting the steamer sit for 10 minutes unplugged.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand-held steam cleaner (such as Scunci or Shark)
  • Towels
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Robin Neorr has been working as a full-time freelance writer since 2007. She has written for various websites including The Frisky. Before she started her writing career, she spent 10 years in media marketing. She has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in communications management from John Carroll University.