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She made up a mixture of vinegar, water and baking soda to clean her grout. The above picture is her “after” picture and it was much better than her “before” picture.
I have been realizing recently that the grout in my kitchen keeps getting darker and darker. And I am desperate to find a way to clean it.
Here is our kitchen floor – we had this tile put in about 3 years ago and I sealed the grout after waiting the day or week or whatever it was to for the grout to seal.
And this is the floor in the main part of the kitchen in the middle of the “triangle” of fridge, sink, stove.
So mixed up her recipe for cleaner in a spray bottle. That was my first “this is not going to work” issue with this post. In case you didn’t know mixing vinegar and baking soda creates the “opening a shaken soda can effect” – it spewed everywhere! And I read another post that used ammonia + the baking soda and vinegar in the cleaner and they said to SHAKE the bottle – oh boy! So about half of my cleaner spewed out and overflowed into the sink.
I sprayed it on the 2-3 tiles in the middle of this picture and scrubbed away. Sure enough brown waterry stuff was coming off but when I mopped it all up and wiped the grout clean, I don’t see much of a difference??
Then I did this tile in the middle of the kitchen floor. I even sprinkled some extra baking soda on it and let it sit for a while.
And scrubbed, and scrubbed with a stiff scrub brush.
I did the perimeter of the tile in the middle of the picture. It is a little lighter but then again not a huge difference.
And definitely not a big enough difference for me to spend the better part of a day on my hands and knees scrubbing my kitchen floor.
So this is pretty much a pin-FAIL.
So, I need some help… any advice for cleaning grout? And once I get it clean, should I re-seal it and with what?
Anyone have a good mopping homemade cleaner too? I am wondering if part of the problem is my mopping cleaner is building up in the grout and causing it to darken.
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