How to Clean Tile Grout with a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Tile grout can be a challenging area to clean, as dirt and grime often accumulate in these hard-to-reach spaces. Fortunately, with the help of a robotic vacuum cleaner, you can maintain the cleanliness and appearance of your tiled surfaces with ease. In this guide, we will explore effective ways of cleaning tile floor with a robotic vacuum cleaner, ensuring your floors remain pristine and fresh.

What is Tile Grout?

Tile grout is a dense, cement-like material used to fill the gaps between tiles and secure them in place. Over time, grout can accumulate dirt, debris, and stains, making it appear discolored and unattractive. There are various types of grout, including cement-based, epoxy, and urethane grouts, each requiring different cleaning methods. Cement-based grout is porous and more susceptible to staining, while epoxy and urethane grouts are more resistant to stains and easier to clean.

Tile Grout

Dirty tile grout can pose potential health risks, such as allergies and respiratory issues, due to the buildup of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Regular cleaning floor tiles are essential to keep tile grout in good condition and ensure a healthy living environment.

Can You Vacuum Grout When Cleaning Floor Tiles?

A robotic vacuum cleaner can be a helpful addition to your cleaning routine, but it's essential to understand its limitations when it comes to cleaning floor tiles grout. While a robot vacuum can effectively remove loose dirt and debris from tile surfaces, it may not be able to provide the deep cleaning needed for grout lines.

To clean grout, it is usually necessary to use a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent, along with a scrub brush. This allows you to target the grout lines specifically and remove built-up dirt, grime, and stains. However, a robotic vacuum can still play a complementary role in maintaining your tile floors.

But, if you have a robotic vacuum and mop in one, things will be greatly different. This type of cleaners feature a mopping function, which can help keep your tiles and grout clean between deep cleanings. The robot vacuum's mopping function can remove surface dirt and grime from your tiles, preventing the buildup of dirt and debris within the grout lines. It can complement traditional grout cleaning methods by keeping your tiles clean and reducing the amount of dirt and grime that accumulates in the grout lines over time.

Ecovacs DEEBOT robotic vacuum cleaner can effectively clean tile floor joints

How to Use Robot Vacuum Mopping to Clean Tiles Efficiently

Using a robot vacuum mopping efficiently to clean your tile floors involves several steps that can help ensure thorough and effective cleaning. Below are the key steps to clean your tiles and maintain your grout without causing damage:

Pre-cleaning the area: Before setting your robot vacuum mop to work, it's essential to prepare the area for cleaning. Pick up any larger debris such as toys, shoes, or paper that could obstruct the vacuum's path or cause it to become stuck. Removing these items allows the robot vacuum to navigate your floors more easily and efficiently.

Assessing the level of dirt and stains: Evaluate the condition of your tiles and grout to determine the appropriate cleaning mode and settings for your robot vacuum mop. Some models, like the ECOVACS DEEBOT, offer adjustable cleaning modes and suction power levels to better target dirt and grime based on the specific needs of your floor.

Setting up your robot vacuum mop: Fill the water tank and attach the appropriate cleaning pad or microfiber cloth to the robot vacuum mop. Many ECOVACS DEEBOT models feature a mopping function, which can help remove surface dirt and grime from tiles and grout lines. You may already know that too much water can damage grout. And it is never a problem with ECOVACS DEEBOT. The electronic control pump effectively prevents dripping by delivering precise water distribution as the DEEBOT navigates your home. This ensures no puddles or splashes occur during the cleaning process, leaving your floors impeccably clean and gleaming.

Cleaning schedule: Establish a regular cleaning schedule for your robot vacuum mop. Consistent cleaning helps maintain the cleanliness of your tile floors and prevents the buildup of dirt and grime in the grout lines. This can make deep cleaning grout more manageable over time.

Monitoring the cleaning process: While your robot vacuum mop is at work, keep an eye on its progress to ensure it is cleaning your tiles and grout effectively. Should you notice any areas that need additional attention, you can direct the vacuum to focus on those spots.

Cleaning Tile Floor with ECOVACS DEEBOT

Using an ECOVACS DEEBOT can save time and effort in your cleaning routine, making it a valuable addition to your home. For tile floor, we recommend the following two models:


DEEBOT N8+ is a popular efficient robot vacuum for cleaning floor tiles. Its remarkable features include:
  • Groundbreaking Auto-Empty Station that provides not only a powerful, in-depth cleaning experience without collisions but also frees your hands from dustbin cleaning duties for up to 30 days.
  • Simultaneous vacuuming and mopping capabilities, saving your time.
  • Enhanced 2300Pa suction power can excel in all the vacuuming
  • Intelligent dToF Laser Mapping Technology with Multi-Floor Mapping
  • TrueMapping navigation and mapping technology for twice the coverage and four times the accuracy in mapping your home


DEEBOT T9 is a smart robotic vacuum cleaner that expertly navigates obstacles while offering powerful vacuuming and mopping capabilities, as well as a mobile air freshener.
  • Experience precise cleaning and protection with advanced TrueDetect 3D and TrueMapping technology for a stress-free cleaning process.
  • Benefit from an enhanced app upgrade that provides optimal cleaning routes, utilizing precise 3D mapping technology to cover every corner of your home.
  • Indulge in a luxurious cleaning experience featuring a cutting-edge Air Freshener that leaves your home smelling delightful.
  • Achieve outstanding cleaning performance with the OZMO Pro 2.0 Mopping system and 3000Pa powerful suction, ensuring your home is cleaner than ever before with your DEEBOT.

In conclusion, regular tile grout cleaning is crucial for maintaining a healthy and safe living space for you and your family. By incorporating an ECOVACS DEEBOT robot vacuum into your cleaning floor tiles routine, you can achieve cleaner floors with minimal effort. Explore the ECOVACS DEEBOT line of robot vacuums to find the perfect solution for your home.