Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cleaning Grout

We move into our new house in just one short week.  That means I've got lots of projects to crunch out first.   Yesterday was clean the grout day!  Okay, so I started on the grout, but there is NO WAY I finished it all yesterday, the house is more than 50% tile floors people!


I had seen a Pinterest post where someone cleaned their grout using carpet cleaner and I wanted to give it a try.  My mom had also recommended this stuff called Zep which she said worked well on her tile; I wanted to try it too.  Which one to choose???  I decided to perform a scientific experiment and test both!  Here are the results.

Before:  The grout is NOT supposed to be brown, but rather a light tan.


During:  As you can see the carpet cleaner foams up quite well, where as the zep only foamed in little sections.

After letting them both sit for 5 minutes I scrubbed vigorously with a grout brush.


After: I rinsed both sides with a wet rag.

 


Conclusion:  Zep cleaned the grout more evenly, but left it still dark in color.  Carpet cleaner made it lighter in color, but it was spotty (there were still some dark spots).

My decision was to continue using both: 1st I applied the carpet cleaner to get the grout lighter 2nd I applied the Zep to even it all out.  The end results were good!  Although, I would like it to still be a little bit lighter since I can see the grout in places where the previous homeowners had a rug and the grout is A LOT lighter in color...


(please ignore the dirty grout on the right hand side, I was loosing daylight and wanted to show you the progress at the time)  I'll come in with a better after picture soon! :)

Any readers out there have any good suggestions?  I'm willing to try new techniques/products for the sake of science!


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  2. Wow! You've laid out a bunch of alternatives for that particular task. It never makes sense to stick with just one, right? Perhaps, you'll be able to test other means and methods some more, and expand your array of choices for every grout and tile scenario. Thanks for sharing!

    Veronica Newton @ Dry First

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    1. Very true! I've even heard of using lemon juice and baking soda, maybe next time! :)

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