What a project I picked for myself. We moved into a house last year that has tile floors. First time in my life I’ve had tile floors. They are beautiful, but I thought I’d touch up the grout and brighten things up. Little did I know just how much work it would be. But, here’s what I discovered.
I first checked the Internet to see what the best method was. Some reliable sounding source said to make a paste out of oxygen bleach (like Oxi Clean) and spread it onto the grout. Let it dry and clean up the mess. Does it work? Well, let me tell you. I was taking what I thought was a bottle (a plastic bottle) of A&W root beer out of the refrigerator. It was a bottle of Worcestershire sauce – which was much heavier. As a result, I dropped the bottle on the floor and that thirsty grout soaked it right up. I thought I was doomed to have gravy colored grout forever.
So, I put the oxygen bleach to the test. I made the paste and put it over the grout and let it sit all night. The next day I cleaned it up (which is kind of a mess in and of itself). Anyhow, I was so pleased with the results. I liked the fact that it worked and that I already had Oxi Clean in the house so I didn’t have to go out and buy something.
But, hold on. Here’s another thing I discovered. Our son was cleaning his grout and he told me that he found this product called Goo Gone Grout Cleaner. He was doing his entire house by using the cleaner, letting it sit for two minutes and scrubbing it with a Magic Eraser. So, I thought, I guess I’ll give that a shot, too. It also works but there’s a lot of scrubbing involved. You can also scrub it with a small brush.
Anyhow, I have learned so many things from this new house. It’s much smaller than our last house (we downsized) and I’m becoming a master at finding space to put things. But, that’s a subject for another day.