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Recipe for Cleaning Grout, plus five tips to make it easier

Before

Even though there are several recipes online that claim to easily clean grout, I haven’t found one that lives up to its word, which explains why there are companies that charge hundreds to do the job.

So, when a customer/friend forwarded a Facebook post with this concoction, I was skeptical. The picture attached to the post showed dirty grout side-by-side with clean grout that had obviously been photoshopped.

However, I like a challenge so I gave it a try. It worked better than I expected and the floor owner most happy with the results.

Here’s the recipe for cleaning grout and some tips that made the job, no, not easy, but easier.

 

After

Grout Cleaner: 

7 cups of water

1/2 cup baking soda

1/3 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup vinegar

Mix together and pour into a spray bottle. Spray on grout. Wait two minutes, then scrub. Mop until all residue is removed.

Five Tips for Easier Cleaning: 

  • Use real lemon juice.
  • Use apple cider vinegar.
  • Scrub vigorously with a stiff bristled brush. This is part of the trick to cleaning the grout, although the solution does loosen the dirt more so than other cleaners with which I experimented.
  • Buy a brush with a long handle to make the work easier on your back and knees.
  • Mop repeatedly after cleaning grout to remove powdery residue left by baking soda.
August 30th, 2013  in Tips and Tricks of the Trade Comments Off