How to Get Food Grease Out of Tile Grout

Updated April 17, 2017

Tile countertops or backsplashes are typically attractive features when placed in kitchens. Food grease often stains the grout that lies between the tile pieces, however. The grease makes the grout look dirty, which takes away from the attractiveness of the room. Dirty grout is also unsanitary. Cleaning tile grout is typically a painstaking job and not many products are effective in removing the grease and grime that can accumulate. Fortunately, one technique can take the grease out of your grout in a hurry.

Mix equal amounts of warm water and powdered oxygen bleach together. Stir the mixture until the bleach dissolves.

Soak a rag or wash cloth in the solution. Wipe the rag on the tile to distribute the bleach-saturated liquid into the grout. Allow the solution to soak into the grout for about 30 minutes. If the grout completely absorbs the solution, add more so the grout always has the liquid sitting on top.

Use a toothbrush or other small brush to scrub the grout lightly. Add more solution to the grout as you scrub. Avoid brushing too hard as you may scratch the tile or remove some of the grout. Continue to scrub until the grout is clean. If you have resistant stains, allow the solution to soak on the stain again, then try scrubbing more.

Wipe the tile and grout off with a water-soaked cloth when done. Keep the grout looking clean by applying the bleach and water solution to the tile each time you wash it.


Attempt to remove the stains when they are fresh. Wear rubber gloves when working with bleach.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Powdered oxygen bleach
  • Rag or cloth
  • Toothbrush
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