Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How To Clean Grout

I think I’ve finally figured it out.
I was convinced I was going to have to hire a professional steam cleaner to come and clean the grout in my kitchen. It was grossing me out to say the least. Ugh. It wasn’t even the correct color anymore, more of a dingy brown than a light grey. It didn’t matter what I used, what new idea someone came up with, it just didn’t get it completely clean. I had read ideas about Oxyclean, Borax, bleach pens, baking soda and vinegar, you name it, I tried it. Some of them worked okay, but I still felt that it wasn’t as bright and clean as it could be and it took a ridiculous amount of elbow grease to scrub all those grout lines. So much that I didn’t always finish the task before pooping out.
It was hopeless.
Until I tried one last attempt this morning.
I was reading the blogs about how a paste of ammonia and baking soda works. The problem was I didn’t have any ammonia in the least so I thought. It hit me that I had toilet bowl cleaner and toilet bowl cleaner has ammonia, so why wouldn’t it work? I took a little tiny section of grout and tried it out.
That’s all I’ve got…wow.
I’ll let the results speak for themselves…
That’s pretty impressive, right?
Even better that it required absolutely NO scrubbing what so ever.
You just squirt the cleaner on like so…
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..and let it sit for about 5 minutes. You can actually see the dirt bubbling up during the wait time..
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Then I took a microfiber cloth and wiped it up.
Since I have children and a dog, I was very careful about keeping them out of the room while I was doing this. I also mopped my floor 3 times after I wiped up the cleaner just to be safe. The last time, I steam mopped it with my Shark and voila..
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My beautifully clean floor. It seriously looks like the day my Hubby and I laid it.
I used this stuff..
..but I am sure any toilet bowl cleaner will work.
If your grout isn’t too horribly dirty, I did find that making a paste with Bar Keepers Friend and a tiny bit of water worked pretty well too..
Just rub the paste onto the grout and let sit about 10 minutes and then scrub a little with a microfiber cloth. It takes a little more elbow grease, but it works pretty well if the grout isn’t too stained.
I think it was well worth the bottle of toilet bowl cleaner and it saved me a lot of money in the long run.
Happy Wednesday.

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