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Best Way to Clean Grout in Kitchen?

My kitchen floor is an off white stone ceramic tile with a light grout color. I clean my floor all the time, but the grout always looks dirty and/or dingy. I've tried a few things, but nothing seems to work. Any suggestions on what I can use to clean/bleach the grout to make it not look so dirty? THANKS.

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We use oxyclean and a scrub brush. We do it every now and then and it comes out bright and beautiful.

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Try Kaboom! in the purple bottle. When we moved into one of our houses we thought that the grout was dark gray well when the lady moved out she took her fridge and we realized that the grout was suppose to be white. Yeah big difference. Spray it on the grout wait a few minutes then take a toothbrush to it then wipe it down. Make sure you do sections at a time. Then when your done mop it really good with the hottest water and seal it. Kaboom works wonders I even used it on the grout in the tile on the counter.

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My husband is a ceramic tile installer and he says that you can get a cleaner at Home Depot called Silka Brand, it is a concrete cleaner. It costs about $20 a gallon. It is in a clear bottle and the liquid is pinkish red. It has to be heavily diluted (4parts water to 1 part cleaner) it is basically an acid. You must also wear a mask and gloves when using it. After you have used it you must rinse it repeatedly with water and once it is dry it is perfectly safe! This will make your grout look brand new! He suggests that after that is done you should seal the grout. He will come out and do this for people...he charges $.30 a square foot if you are interested!
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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser cleans really well.

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I use Mr. Clean's Magic eraser and it works great!!

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36. Dirty grout - Listerine

A friend of mine sent me an entire list of these kinds of remedies. Good Luck!

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I second using the clorox bleach pen. I draw it onto the grout, let it sit for 15-30 minutes and then wipe it out with a wet mop.

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We use oxyclean and a scrub brush. We do it every now and then and it comes out bright and beautiful.

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Try a product called "Zud" with that and some elbow grease, I used it to clean a bathroom with the same issues.

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I'm not sure I can help on the "how to get it clean", but I can tell you that once you get it cleaned to how you like it - seal it. We have porcelien tile in our kitchen/laundry area that was there when we moved in. It was a darker beige...little did I know it was SUPPOSED to be light beige. The people that had the house before us put down this VERY expensive tile and never sealed the floor. They had 2 large dogs. It was gross gross gross. We ended up getting down on our hands and knees and scrubbing first the tile and then the grout. After, we sealed the floor and it is SO much easier to keep clean.

Good luck. If you find something that works well, please keep us posted.

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I had the same problem - I went out and bought the Shark Steamer (handheld) - and it worked beautifully - it looked as though the grout was new! I would highly recommend it - I think if you go to Linen's n' Things they sell them for around $40 - and then you can use the 20% off coupon - the steamer worked great on a lot of other things too - crevices in the stove, sink, etc. I love it.

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If it doesn't come as clean as you like, you may be able to regrout it over the old grout and then seal it!

Hi K., Did you tried bleach?

I have not tried this, but I read this remedy in a book. If you use an old toothbrush dipped in undiluted white vinegar to scrub dinginess from the grout lines between tiles and restore their original shade of white.

You can also try Oven cleaner. First make sure you have plenty of ventilation.
Put on rubber gloves and spray oven cleaner into the grout lines. Wipe the cleaner off with a sponge within five seconds. Rinse thoroughly with water to reveal sparkling grout lines.

Then I would seal the floor. To keep your grout looking clean.

Good luck, and let me know if you try any of these ideas and how they work.

J.

I agree with the steamer. If that isn't something that you are interested in, buy a deck brush(a scrub brush on a stick) It allows you to scrub the grout with out bending over. It makes a huge difference. Good luck!

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