Sunday, May 6, 2012

Out Damned Spot! Out I Say! Best way to clean grout

If you are like me, you have Pinned a hundred different cleaning recipes and techniques, but never got around to trying them. So I will for you. I am going to do a series of posts comparing conventional cleaning methods with some of those I found on Pinterest and in the blogging world. If there is one you are curious about, send it to me and I will see if I can do it.  What do you think? Will any of you be interested in seeing if the frugal, DIY method actually works? I am curious.

I have to say at the beginning, I am truly embarrassed to show you some of the pictures that I have taken for this post. I would prefer to hide them in a folder on my computer and not share them, but I think each and every one of you out there who has tile and grout in their house will appreciate this. So I will share my dirty little secret...my kitchen tile grout.

I am by no means a clean-a-holic, but I do try to keep my home generally clean. Would I eat of my floors? Absolutely not. But I never thought they were as dirty as they were until I moved my island. We had a large family gathering (my daughter's first communion- I will share more on that after I do a few of these posts) so I thought I would turn our island sideways to use as a buffet in our kitchen. Well, when I did that I found out what color our grout was suppose to be.
Do you see the clear line where the island sat? How disgusting. I clean my floor often with one of those amazing Bissell steam mops (I do love it) and although I knew that it didn't clean my grout line well, I had no idea it was this bad!


So, off to the internet I went and found a four grout cleaning methods people raved about. Here are the four different techniques I tested:
  • Dawn dish soap and peroxide -recipe below ($1 for soap and $2 peroxide- but probably costs pennies for the amount you need)
  • Magic eraser ($1 per eraser)
  • Baking soda and water/lemon juice (Pennies if you have it on hand)
  • Zep grout cleaner (Home Depot $6)

 

 

Dawn Dish soap and Peroxide

Recipe and Method:
1 part Dawn dish soap (I used the pot scrub type)
2 parts peroxide

Mix the two ingredients in a container or spray bottle and apply directly to the grout. Leave for a few minutes and scrub with a brush.

I found the Dawn dish soap and peroxide combination, AKA miracle cleaning solution, did a very good job! It did not take much scrubbing or time to see the results, but I found the clean up after to be a little sudsy. I used a toothbrush to apply to the grout but I think a ketchup squeeze bottle might work a little better. For a general, every day cleaning of your grout, I highly recommend this method!

 Magic Eraser

 Method:
Dampen your magic eraser and run along the grout line.
Although this method works well for a small spot, it chews through your magic eraser really quickly. I would not recommend this method for cleaning an entire room because you would need so many magic erasers. It does leave little particles of the magic eraser along the grout line that are annoying. I recommend this technique for spot cleaning.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Method:
Dampen grout line with lemon juice and sprinkle baking soda. Leave until dry and scrub with damp brush.
 
To be honest with you, I do not recommend this method for two reasons: firstly, it did not work nearly as well as any of the other methods and secondly, it was a horrible mess to clean up. Granted I was a little heavy handed when I sprinkled the baking soda but I was only doing a small area and I was cursing trying to get the grit off the floor. So trust me, don't try this at home.

Zep grout cleaner and whitener

Method:
Apply solution to grout line (it has a little spout to help apply to the line). Leave for 3 minutes and gently brush grout line. Wipe clean. 
I loved this Home Depot product and the results it produced! I don't love that fact it is a chemical and you need to wear gloves when using it BUT if your grout is as bad as mine...this is the product for you!
The dirt literally just flakes off the grout with hardly any scrubbing. It is fast and has dramatic results.

Here is the order I recommend the four products:
  1. Zep cleaner (heavy duty clean needed)
  2. Dawn dish soap and peroxide (every day clean)
  3. Magic Eraser
  4. Baking Soda and lemon juice
Once I get all my grout cleaned with the Zep product, I will reseal it and then use the dish soap/peroxide method to clean in the future. I think the Zep is a little too harsh for every day cleaning but it is needed now to get my grout back to its original state.

Here are some before and after photos (as I hang my head in shame at the before photos):
 But look at this after! I have done this entire area with the Zep cleaner. AMAZING!!!!
I hated my kitchen tiles because they were a dirty white color (not white and not cream), but when I cleaned the grout and it was lightened, my tiles now look more of a creamy taupe. I am soooo happy with the results.

So what do you think? Have you had great results with a grout cleaner? Do you have any tricks to clean something in your house? Please share!

Up next in Out Damned Spot! Out I say- removing permanent marker from a white board. All of use with kids have experienced this problem at least once.

Have a great Sunday.
Stephanie

87 comments:

  1. I am so very glad you posted your results. Except for the stairs, our entire home is tiled. Researching tile cleaning methods has been on my to-so list since January. Finally, a solution. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you so much for this! Great series idea!

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  3. My kitchen tiles look exactly like yours! The grout is currently black, but I think it is supposed to look like your "after" photo, as well. I'm going to HD for the Zep TODAY and I'm getting started! Thank you so much for posting this! Hopefully I will love my tiles after the grout is clean, too! (Bc right now I kinda hate them.)

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    1. Nope. My grout really is black grout. Darn!! :( Now to explore how to paint grout!

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    2. Try Aqua Mix grout colorant, it's available online. A video demonstration is also available on You Tube. You can completely change the color of your existing grout.

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    3. I discovered that white vinegar is the best cleaner for grout. Discovered it by accidently breaking a bottle of vinegar and when I got it all cleaned up my grout was beautifully white! Just pour it on, let it set a few minutes and wipe it up. Then spray with Febreeze to kill the vinegar smell. Easy!

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  4. I just did this on the weekend! I used Oxyclean and made a bit of a paste and a scrub brush. Works great and my floor just looks so much better!

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    1. I also used oxyclean and had good results

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  5. Although it is also a chemical I have found the Soft Scrub with Bleach also does wonders on grout... just FYI! Thanks for sharing this - it is great!

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  6. I know I'm reading this late (it's the middle of June) but I have something to share that worked for me with grout....HOT HOT HOT water, a toothbrush and powdered OxyClean. It works really well. Dip the toothbrush in the hot water, then some Oxy powder and them scrub. It works like magic!

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  7. Does the ZEP stuff have a strong smell, like bleach??

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  8. I've been debating these same methods myself. Thanks for taking the hard work out of it for me and helping me decide!

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  9. I used water, baking soda and vinegar, and it works for a whole room deep clean.... Its a mixture you scrub on..l then wipe off with water. Works great and easy to clean up :)

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  10. Make sure to use a Grout Sealer after you have done this, so you don't have to do it again! At least for a long time (inexpensive at HD)

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  11. I work as a housekeeper at a university and we used to use Zep products. Way better than anything else we've ever used. If I wasn't so gung-ho about organic cleaners (I make my own chemicals for home), I would definitely have all Zep products.

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  12. Thank you!! I used the dawn/ peroxide mixture. I was a little disappointed after scrubbing, but once it dried it looked great!

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  13. Just tried the dawn/peroxide mixture, it looks cleaner but hoping for more dramatic results when dry. It was a sudsy mess to clean up and pretty sure I still have soap in the grout. Maybe its better to do smaller areas at a time??

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  14. Thanks for this! I just moved into a rental apartment and the grout on our bathroom floor is DISGUSTING! I actually walked in and thought "Oh, that gray grout looks really cool with the white tile" NOPE! It's supposed to be white. To Home Depot I go for the miracle Zep! I don't love that it's so chemical-y but for a once in a while deep clean, it may need to be done.

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  15. I just got up off my knees after cleaning my FILTHY grout. I tried the magic eraser. I tried ammonia. I tried baking soday. Dawn. Didn't like the 'after' mess clean-up.

    Then I got REAL disgusted and grabbed the can of SCRUBBING BUBBLES for cleaning the toilet bowl. It did so well that I scrubbed it on my ugly blue kitchen tiles (from a previous owner) Now, they're a pretty blue and not grungy blue. (I had NO idea it was years of filth that had darkened the color)!!

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  16. Good experiment, Stephanie! Your tiles look exceptionally clean and dazzling. Apparently, the use of Zep grout cleaner and whitener is the technique that provided best results. On the other hand, I’m quite impressed by what magic erasers can do to grouts. It may be not suitable for cleaning the entire house, but I think we can still use it to remove all the unwanted, little spots that make the color of the grouts uneven.

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  17. I just heard about a Cream of Tartar and water mix that is supposed to work amazingly!

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  18. I use a product called Scrub Free, a very inexpensive all purpose cleaner in a white spray bottle with a yellow nozzle, spray it directly to your grout lines.....wait....scrub just a little, even though it says scrub free..and your grout lines will look like new!! mop up the cleaner however you like.

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  19. I've used a bleach and water mixture and a toothbrush. Results are amazing and it is very cheap to use. Of course, you'll need some ventilation with the bleach. Thanks for sharing your results. I was thinking about a post I was going to do using Dawn soap with great results. Thanks for reminding me!

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  20. I use to have a white grout that looked disgustingS I used Finazzle to clean it. You can buy it online. No scrubbing required.

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  21. I used the Zep when we were preparing to sell our home and it worked like a charm. I tried some other things first and had to really scrub to get a little result. Much better results with Zep and with a lot less work!

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  22. Wow, that’s some patience, girl! You went all out on your experiments. By the way, about the third one, I believe the right way to use the lemon-baking soda solution is actually mixing them together until the mixture turns into a paste, instead of sprinkling them on the floor. And just like what Amy said, warm/hot water works well in rinsing the grout.

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  23. Wow, that's a pretty effective recipe. That work also requires a lot of motivation and you surely have a lot that day. Have you also tried using different cleaning solutions as well?

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