Grout is an aspect of design that pulls us in opposite directions: one is emotional – where we swoon over gorgeous bright white grout lines; the other is functional – what can I do to keep them sparkling white? Is there a magic product? Some may advise you to use black or dark grout, which in some spaces works well, but for those of us who just can’t get perfect white grout out of our heads, we’ve got a few facts and tips to share.

  1. The reason why grout gets so easily dirty and stained is because of its porosity. Most grout is cement-based and therefore absorbs liquids. Hence why white grout tends to get darker when wet.
  2. Grout tends to sit lower than tile, meaning that dirty water and dust get trapped in the grout lines. Routine vacuuming and rinsing with clean water of your grout can help prevent the build-up of stains.
  3. The most important step to take to make sure your grout doesn’t change color, get moldy or stain is to apply a sealant. We recommend Fila’s Grout Sealer because not only does it prevent unwanted darkened grout but it’s an eco-friendly product.
  4. For small stains, we recommend using a bleach pen that won’t damage your tiles but will tackle the small area of concern. Side note: Use a neutral detergent when cleaning your bathroom to avoid deteriorating any stone or tile surfaces.
  5. When you’re not ready for a complete bathroom renovation but want to tackle serious stains you have options that cover up unsightly grout lines. The Grout Pen is easy to apply and even prevents mold from reappearing.