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Friday, June 15, 2012

Amazing Grout Cleaner

I used to be on this everlasting quest to find a good grout cleaner. As you'll see in some of the pics, I had given up on that quest long ago and decided to let the grout just become a constant dark brown instead of the light tan it was originally. I had tried every product and concoction out there. In fact I had tried everything I could think of, short of paying a professional.
So one day I saw a pic on Pinterest of a floor with half clean grout and half really dirty grout. I wasn't sure it would work on my grout because it's not sealed but I gave it a try.

Here's the formula:

7 cups warm water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup ammonia
1/4 cup vinegar

Now this much liquid didn't even close to fit into my tiny little spray bottle and it probably won't fit in yours either, so here is the recipe halved and quartered.

Halved
3 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp ammonia
2 Tbsp vinegar

Quartered
1 3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp baking soda
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ammonia
1 Tbsp vinegar

I used the quartered version for the pics below. I also wrote the formula on a piece of paper and taped it to the bottle. Make sure never to mix bleach with ammonia, you will die or something...

Here is the method:

First mix the ingredients and give the bottle a good shake.
Spray the grout (I started with 2 tiles at a time) and let the spray sit and absorb a little into the grout. Be generous.
Grab a grout brush, scrub brush, or tile brush with a handle and scrub the grout vigorously where the spray has been sitting. Don't get it in your eyes, trust me.
Use a clean damp rag to wipe each line of grout right after you scrub it to pick up all that dirty liquid, might be handy to keep a bowl or bucket of warm water nearby because you'll want to continuously clean the rag.
Depending on the color of your tile, you may want to mop the whole thing when you're done because the baking soda may or may not leave some white residue. Personally, I mopped and towel dried the floor.

Here are the "before" pics
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After one tile
Two sections

And finally, three sections

There are a few things to keep in mind when looking at these pics.

1. They're all the same 9 patch of tiles
2. The dark part of the grout in the pics is NOT wet. That's what it's gotten to in the last 4+ years. It's that dark! (and no, I'm not a dirty person, again we'll just blame it on the grout not being sealed)
3. I didn't mess with the photos in any way.
4. Also keep in mind that this 9 patch probably took me an hour. Now considering I have 700-800 square ft of tile, this is going to take some time. I'm going to look for some good grout sealer tomorrow before I do anymore.
If your grout is bad like mine and you can't (or don't want to) get on your hands and knees to scrub it, you could just spray it on and use a clean damp towel to rub off whatever came up. I guarantee that you'll still see remarkable results.

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208 comments:

  1. I've used grout sealer on my floors (the one the tile installer recommended) and IMHO, I thought it was a waste of money, helped keep it maybe a little longer, but within 3 months was stained.

    I've been searching for ways to clean the tile-- Magic Eraser did pretty good--- just took a long time to do 4 squares, my next step was going to be to try Oxyclean, but I think I might try your recommendation first. Thankful I don't have much area to cover... Only about 75-80 tiles (and only about 1/2 are the worse).

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    1. Thanks for the advice about sealer. Not sure if I'll try it or not. I've tried a lot of other "home remedies", I've even tried painting my grout, (that was painstaking and never made it out of the bathroom! haha).
      Make sure you use a very stiff brush but not a wire brush. I've found that a wire brush will leave a grey coating that is impossible to get off the grout. Good luck to you!

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    2. sounds like a great cleaner...will have to give it a try. I also read on line about taking white paint and actually painting the grout lines after they are clean with a small brush. Looked fabulous!

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    3. @Sharyl
      I cleaned all the grout in my house a few weeks ago using Oxyclean. I mixed it with warm water in a mop bucket, poured it on the floors and spread it around. I let it soak for about 30 minutes. After that, I started scrubbing the lines with a grout brush, pouring a little more solution on the sections I was scrubbing as some of it had dried up. As I scrubbed, I could see the black dirt scrubbing right off...so satisfying!! Then I cleaned it all up and mopped over it a few times with hot water (the Oxyclean left a white residue on the floors so I had to mop a couple times to get it all gone). They turned out great! The grout was black before, now it's back to its original light color. I did this in 2 bathrooms, the front entrance, a long hallway, and the kitchen and dining area. It took a while as there was a lot of area to cover! An added plus...the oxygen bleach solution did not have harsh fumes like other cleaning chemicals. Here are a couple posts I found that lead me to use the Oxyclean (any good oxygen powder bleach should work, Oxyclean was the only option at the store I went to):
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/03/AR2009040302977.html
      http://www.howtocleanthings.com/how-to-clean-grout.htm

      Also, for the grout brush, the first one I bought ended up scrubbing down to a nub! I had to go to another store for a different brush that did not have this problem.

      BAD GROUT BRUSH!! Scrubbed down to a nub before I was even halfway done.
      Quickie HomePro Tile & Grout Brush with Microban http://www.walmart.com/ip/Quickie-HomePro-Tile-Grout-Brush-with-Microban/21081286

      GOOD GROUT BRUSH =)
      Quickie - Core Quickie Tile and Grout Brush
      http://www.lowes.com/pd_126038-1738-155_0__?productId=3173401&Ntt=grout+brush&pl=1&currentURL=&facetInfo=

      Both brushes are made by the same company...but the bristles are different.

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    4. My kitchen tile is the same type of tile as in this picture and my grout was just as dirty (if not more so). I'v tried steam cleaners, and other grout cleaners throughout the years, and was just about ready to give up and have it re-grouted until I saw this post. I am still amazed how clean my grout looks now. Yes it did take some time and a little elbow grease, but Wow my floors do sparkle. Get a good scrub brush and a good squirt bottle, spray the grout and let it sit a few minutes and you will be amazed how easy it comes right off. Thanks for the posting.

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  2. Oh, I hope this works. I just moved into a new house with white tile/white grout from when the house was built 20 years ago. It's in the master bath and the children's bath. It's in remarkably good shape, but I want it to be perfect. I have tried everything. My fingers are crossed that this does the trick.

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    1. I hope it works for you too! The great thing about white grout is that it can be repainted pretty easily if you can't get it clean, or so I've heard.
      As I mentioned above: Make sure you use a very stiff brush but not a wire brush. I've found that a wire brush will leave a grey coating that is impossible to get off the grout. Good luck to you!

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  3. Safety Reminder: Do not get ammonia anywhere NEAR any bleach products.

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    1. Absolutely not! I actually put that in the post in case people didn't know. I had no prior experience with ammonia myself so I didn't have a clue that you couldn't use near bleach until I read the bottle.

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  4. I found your site via Pinterest...

    I have worked in flooring for 10+ years and usually recommend the concrete sealer by Behr. It lasts 10 years, unlike grout sealer that you have to redo every 1-2 years. If you have just grouted your home and have new flooring you need to let the grout cure for 30 days before sealing. Once you seal the grout though when you go back to repair any cracked grout down the road follow the same process...wait 30 days and reseal that section.
    Also for those wanting to stain their grout a different color you can buy the same sealer as listed above. Choose a grout color you like and bring the sealer and the color chart to the paint department at Lowe's or Home Depot while you are there. They can make the concrete sealer into any color you choose.
    Another note you can not stain unsanded grout, this is usually used on the wall tile. The stain will not adhere to it.

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    1. Thanks for the comment! I'd much rather do it every 10 years! My back thanks you also :)

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    2. Oh, I didn't know you had to wait 30 days! I'll be moving into a newly built house in early Sept, and was going to seal the grout before moving furniture in like the home design consultant recommended! Will it ruin the grout to do it soon? I imagine it has to do with it curing?? Glad I saw this now!

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  5. I have tried using Tilex on my floors,it works great but its a day to day job... way to much for me. So I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for your post!!

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  6. I usually take a bucket of ammonia water (quite a bit of ammonia) and take a 6 x 6 area and cover it with a thick coat of water and let it sit for about 10 minutes. If you let it sit, it does the work instead of you. I then get on my hands and knees and scrub it down, mop it with clean water and then move on to the next area. I can usually do my 500 sq ft. in about 3 hours. You can also get the next area soaking while you are finishing up the one before. It always looks so good when I get done and I wish I could keep up the look always, but life just gets in the way. Whatever you use, allow some soaking time so the cleaner does the work for you. I'm going to try this recipe and see if there is any difference using the baking soda and vinegar with the ammonia.

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  7. Does this work on countertops too?

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  8. I don't know why it wouldn't work on countertops. Grout on the floor is usually the same or similar to grout used for countertops, walls and shower stalls. Some group has epoxy in it, but this shouldn't hurt it.

    One thing you might want to try next time is a large scrub brush that screws onto a broom handle. Then you don't have to be on your hands and knees scrubbing on the floor. And ditto the previous poster, you might just need a bit more cleanser on the floor and let it sit a bit longer for an easier experience.

    Another great cleanser that also works well on linoleum floors is Greased Lightening. Spray, let it sit for a few minutes, scrub, then mop.

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    1. I have a brush on a handle but I found that it didn't have enough "scrubbing power" behind it to really dig into the dirt. I'm sure that once all of the grout is initially cleaned the handled brush will work perfectly. I have Greased Lightning in my pantry, unfortunately I don't have linoleum. :)

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  9. I payed a professional service to clean my grandfathers tile floor in his kitchen and asked them what they used because it was an amazing transformation. The guy said it was a commercial strength orange oil. So for my own tile I googled commercial strength orange oil, found a bottle online, ordered it and put it to work. I got the same results as in these photos using the same cleaning technique and my house smelled WONDERFUL!! I've always been hesitant to use ammonia and with little kids at home I've never liked the idea of the fumes from amonia. So if you're skiddish about ammonia, commercial strength orange oil is a great alternative :)

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    1. The Diva Diaries, how much did one bottle cover? With a little one who crawls, I'm hesitant with ammonia.

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    2. Sounds like a great idea although I do have to say that the fumes weren't bad because it's diluted. I will definitely check out the orange oil also. I'm always open to trying new cleaning techniques! Do you have to dilute it?

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  10. I had a professional tell me it was acid from the pool supply. I bought it and used it but I really dont recommend it. It works but the fumes are deadly, it actually is hard to breath when doing it. I hate ceramic tiles floors that are in bad shape. I moved from a house with perfectly clean floors, not a stain anywhere, I was very dilegent in soft cleaning with dish soap only and wiping things up right away.I moved into a house with horrible tile floors, and been miserable searching and trying everything for years. Now I am moving into a new house again, so I am happy my floors will be pristine again.

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  11. I am amazed!! I have a bottle of Grout Magic ($29.95) that the flooring company promised was the best on the market! It did not work but your recipe did!!!! you should bottle this stuff. I can say that I am not crazy about getting on my hands and knees and scrubbing but it is worth it when I get these results. I did find that if I use a dish brush (the kind you can put the soap in) and put the cleaner in that and just press the button and release more cleaner works great!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

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    1. I'm so glad that you tried it! I have to say that this is not my recipe, it was something that I saw on Pinterest. Also, I've been experimenting with several different cleaners for the last 2 weeks, (magic erasers, bar keeper's friend etc) and NOTHING has even come close to cleaning the grout as well as this has.

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  12. I used this recipe yesterday. I found that it really worked when I sprayed the grout, sprinkled baking soda onto the grout, then sprayed again to make a very wet paste. A couple scrubs with the grout brush and our 7 1/2 years of grout stains came right off! It looks like new. Thanks for the recipe.

    I'm going to go lay down now.

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  13. I'm trying this right now, it has amazing results. We moved into this house in mid Dec and I bet the floors have never been professionally cleaned. I hate a dingy looking floor but no matter what I used it wouldn't clean out. This is working fabulously! I'm letting more tiles soak as I took the time to write this post, thanks abunch for the recipe!

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  14. One thing that really makes grout discolor is bare feet. The oils from your skin get into the grout and cause it to discolor.

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  15. This concoction is incredible. Just moved into the most disgusting house imaginable and this really made the grout look new. Thank you.

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  16. I pinned this on my board of "to make" stuff.
    A few years ago I bought a little bottle of white grout "paint". I don't remember exactly what it was called but you just mopped and after it was dry you painted on new grout lines. BUT I, of course, didn't seal it on like I was supposed to after I did it so it's now just as gross and dirty looking as it was. I DID buy a paint pen like grout paint..but bought the wrong color. Maybe someone should tell the manufacturer that NORMAL people make the CAP the color of the grout paint and perhaps the color should be in ENGLISH rather than another language. Anyhoo....
    I am doing this today. I'm going to do my before and after even though I'm embarassed and ashamed that it's taken me this long to really worry about it. And will be blogging my experience with your recipe! Thanks so much!

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  17. Just finished a 9 square and some trouble spots. I'm pretty pleased with the result. With unsealed you don't get a uniform look because of permanant stains and the like. I have wide grout lines between the tiles so they are very visible even after cleaning but the overall color is BETTER. I think I'm going to go get me a grout pen after this drys and go over my now CLEAN lines...just to whiten it up. Good recipe though and happy with result!The problem is my grout not the recipe! LOL

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  18. Thanks for an excellent article! I appreciate your insights and agree with what you wrote. grout cleaning phoenix az

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  19. I used this on our bathroom floor. When we bought our house we replaced all of the flooring in the house except for the tile in the bathroom because I thought it could be saved. Well I scrubbed and scrubbed with bleach and got no where! So I used this mixture and I was blown away by the results! I took before during and after pictures and it even shows up as remarkable in the pictures! Thank you for this post!

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  20. I am really excited to try your recipe! I am in the midst of a house cleaning challenge on my blog, and attempting to tackle the nasty grout was on my list. I will be sure to let you know how it works!!

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  21. Just got finished trying this out and OMG! I didn't think my grout was very dirty. It had been a dark brown color since we moved in 8 years ago. I thought it was pretty clean since I mop every week and get down on my hands and knees to give the floor a good washing about every 6 weeks or so. I tried your quartered recipe and cleaned 1/2 of the grout in my kitchen. I quickly found out that my grout is really a "sand" color. I can't believe how dirty it has been all these years :P It doesn't look perfect yet, but I think going over it once more will get rid of the last few stains.
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Now I have to go back and clean the other 1/2 of my kitchen!

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  22. THANK YOU!!! If I didn't know better I'd swear that picture was taken in my bathroom ... same tile, same cabinets! Hopefully now, my "dark brown" can be tan again too!

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  23. For those of you worried about the smell of the ammonia, they do make a lemon scent (it's not like sticking your nose in an actual lemon, but it's a little better than the plain.) You can also add a bit more vinegar to the mix and that will neutralize the odor of the ammonia but not the strength. I have always mopped my floors with vinegar and ammonia, but never thought of adding baking soda to the mix. I can't wait to see the results. As for sealing the grout, a home-builder friend told me that the best thing is to paint (with a tiny paintbrush) polyurethane onto the clean, dry grout. He did this when he replaced the tile in his remodeled home 20 years ago and his wife said she NEVER has to scrub the grout.

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  24. This is awesome! I just tried it and it is amazing! Thank you so much!

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  25. I cleaned my floors in the ktichen today with this. It definitely worked. It took a lot of "on hands and knees" scrubbing. I bought a grout brush and pretty much killed it with about 50 sq feet of tile.
    I, too, used lemon ammonia. It was not a very potent smelling concoction and I would not worry much about children or pets if you mop good afterwards with lots of water.

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  26. Excellent work.. floor looks incredible
    Greg, grout paint guy

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  27. This is a-ma-zing! I didn't think I would get the dirty grout clean after 2 teenage boys, but I'm telling you, this stuff works. It's super easy and very little work to put into it. Thank you so much for this great recipe.

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  28. I just found this post this morning and went out and bought ammonia and mixed up your formula and it WORKS!!!! AMAZING RESULTS!!! Thank you,, THANK you, THANK YOU!!!!

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  29. Thank you so much for posting this. Just wanted to let you know that I used this on my kitchen grout lines. I could not be more pleased with the outcome! I even put a little dawn in the mix. I am so in love with my newer looking floor and I am going to move on to my bathroom. ps- I pinned it on pinterest because I was so happy it.

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  30. I have used a steam cleaner and a sonic scrubber on my tile in one place. Lots of hard work and am not looking to do it again, but really need to. I wouldn't do it without the scrubber....

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    1. Nice! I moved into a place with no less than 900 square feet of filthy grout that I will begin scrubbing this weekend. Thanks for the advice! House Cleaning Yardley PA

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  31. Thanks for posting. I'm 3 tiles into my solution and it's working great! It's like a whole new floor again.

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  32. This works great!! I just let the solution set on the floor about 10 min then brush with a dish scrub brush and I can see the dirt come right off. I used a garden sprayer so I can do a bigger area and not have to refill a small bottle so often.

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  33. I would like to say thank you for this post of steps on how to clean the grout properly. On the other hand if you can't do it by your own you may ask the help of tile grout cleaning in Horry SC coz I heard they have a good services.

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  34. Hello! I pinned your fantastic post a couple of weeks ago and recognized the photo when Lowes Home Improvement just posted your photo and recipe to their Facebook page (with no attribution to you or link back to your blog). Just thought you'd like to know that they're ripping off your copyrighted material: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151032934256231&set=a.256170171230.151894.84398256230&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf.

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  35. Update: It looks like Lowe's took down the original post from their Facebook page (about 45 minutes and 200 comments later).

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    1. Oh wow! I can't believe I missed your comment. Thanks for letting me know, I would have liked to see the comments. :)

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  36. I am disappointed with this cleaner. It is a good floor cleaner, but didn't do much for my grout, and now I am going to have to clean up and move my furniture back and wait a couple of days to use the bleach that works for fear of mixing the ammonia with the bleach in some way. :(

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  37. Just did this in my bathroom. After living here 12 years and trying several products it couldn't hurt. It worked wonderfully and I did not find the ammonia fumes to be strong in any way. So glad I found this via Pinterest. The tiles are also so shiny so that is a nice side effect! Thanks for this post!!!

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  38. This blog has really helped me to take care of my tiles and grout and to clean grout effectively. Moreover, it has given me another perspective to think about this issue and given a wider view of the entire scenario.
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  39. Hi ! I replaced the ammonia for lemon juice and it works great !!
    I live in a rental apartment, and the tiles of the shower are horrible! I just used this formula yesterday, and it was really amazing how it took all the dirt out. But sadly the most damaged parts won't recover as easy, so I think I'm gonna have to restore them. But anyway, when they're clean again, I'm going to use this formula always ! So good, easy and natural ! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing !

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  40. I tested this out on my tiled counter tops and it worked great, thanks! I had no idea they were that filthy!!! When I get more time, I'll try it on my floors, but am assuming I'll have the same success. I made up the big batch and stored it in an old gallon vinegar jug. I'm hoping it's okay to store anyway! When I saw the recipe, I thought hmmmmm, I wonder if that would work on my tub surround that has the textured bottom that always gets soooooo grody. Yup! Worked like a charm! Way better than the vinegar/Dawn combo I tried at someone else's suggestion. Thanks again! Great idea!

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    1. You can keep this in a spray bottle in the bathroom and use it for spot cleaning or smaller jobs.

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  41. Will this recipe work on dark grout? I moved into a new home and the grout is so bad I thought the original grout color was a tan color, but after looking at it more it is actually a drak grey color. I am kind of scared of using ammonia on the dark grout. Please help.

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  42. I would think the ammonia would be fine. It really doesn't leave a color or anything behind. You may try to use a little less soda as the soda will need to be rinsed completely away or could leave a powdery residue if not rinsed. Don't worry so much about the color, just know that it's REALLY clean and germ free after you finish. You may not be able to tell from the grout that it's clean, but the tiles will look awesome.

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  43. If you are not partial on using ammonia, perhaps you can try my natural solution. Just mix lemon juice and baking soda until the mixture turns paste-y, and then use warm water to rinse the scrubbed grout. Of course, it’s not as strong as the one in this blog but it still creates miracles.

    Mackenzie Person

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  44. I used this on my icky grout and it came out wonderful. The 1/4 recipe worked in my spray bottle. I cheated, I used the Oreck Orbiter to do the hard work (scrubbing) and it cleaned up spectacularly! Thank you

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  45. It's nice & great....i like that idea to clean the tiles! Cleaning Service

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  46. Thank you thank you....have tiles similar to yours and used the group sealer recommended by seller and still it did not last that long...me neither am not a dirty person but when it comes to grouted floors you would need a maid to keep the grout sparkling clean and original color or you would need never step on the floor lol...looking forward to use this ..what I did to clean my grout was on my knees scrubbing javex in each grout line...smelly and hard on knees..

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  47. Thanks for such a informative blog. But do you have tips for how to remove concrete stain. I am looking forward for the reply from you.

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  48. Thank you so much for this fantastic grout cleaner!! Works wonderfully well!

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  49. I found that oven cleaner works wonders for me .I work for a nursinghome an thats how I clean our floors at work ..its a big kitchen so I do sections..

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    1. Do in small section to see if it will discolor first ..after im done I add mop n shine to floor ..

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  50. Congratulations Admin! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.
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  51. My whole house is white tile and off white grout..........the best thing I have ever found is toilet bowl cleaner, don't use blue or green..........but you dont have to do a thing, but squirt it along the grout line and rinse well........make sure you have your house opened up because there are fumes, but you won't believe it..........I used The Works because I could get larger bottles at Home Depot

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  52. All the pictures say that how the effective technique used to clear the grout.you have done really great job. We have to take care of the stones such as in the kitchen the cooking oil fell on floor and the stain comes on it. If it is not taking care on time sometimes contertop replacement becomes necessary.

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  53. “Congratulations Miss April! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this exciting information.”

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  54. The easiest thing to clean grout is by far a magic eraser. No wierd fumes and so easy I make my kids do it when they get in trouble (my son is 4) and he can get about 2 squares done in 5 minutes or less. We did the tile in the whole house (about 500 sq feet) in about a 1/2 hour with me working quickly and the 2 kids "dinking."

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  55. Ok.... from what I've read... this is wonderful for FLOORS.... but what about Bathroom shower tiles??? they ater vertical and you can not let them soak?????

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  56. Thanks to a brilliant effort in publishing your article. Your blogs is extra informative. Keep up your good work.

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  58. Even when the color of the grout is decreasing its shiny look grout coloring becomes important. It is beneficial for tiles and stones.

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  59. I seem to be the only one who is not having great luck with this. I am going to purchase a different brush and see if that will help. I started out using a toothbrush and then tried another type of brush we had around the house. Maybe my ammonia is too old...it has been sitting for years so I will buy another bottle to try also.

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  60. It is nice to see an article dedicated to this important topic. Thank you for sharing.

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  62. Hello Miss,
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  63. My bathroom tiles were a sight for sore eyes: the grout was stained and looked filthy. Sadly I couldn't afford to replace the grout for the entire bathroom. I found out about Nugrout products and decided to give it a try. I am amazed by how new my bathroom now looks with the new grout color, and how affordable the entire process was. Check out their website at http://www.nugrout.com. I highly recommend them.

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  64. Information is pretty good and impressed me a lot. This article is quite in-depth and gives a good overview of the topic.

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  65. I have the same type of tile as in your pics. The grout is unsealed and light grey. I have spilled oil in a couple of places which has turned the grout dark grey. Does this recipe remove oil from the grout? I've tried many things over the years to clean this but to no avail.

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  66. I want to try this, but am afraid it will be too harsh for marble tiles...any experts out there?

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  67. This didn't work on the grout in my downstairs that has alot of cat and litter traffic. Cats sometimes puke down there, pieces of litter might get wet when they do. My grout is a mauve color...this didn't help. Any suggestions?

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  69. Nice post. It's very useful for grout cleaning. But sometimes it may not work, so any how we have to hire Grout and Tile Cleaning Services

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  72. I really do appreciate these tips- excellent work. I will keep coming back as a visitor!

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