The Lost Art of House Cleaning...a clean house is a happy home!
Grout Cleaning - ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME?
So you finally decided to clean your grout? Good for you! Now what do you do? If you want your grout cleaned and you don't want to do it yourself carpet cleaning companies have begun offering grout cleaning as a service. Give them a call. If you're going to do it yourself, keep on reading.
NEWS FLASH: Never put bleach on grout. Yes, the bleach will clean the grout, but over time the grout will start to dissolve. You'll notice some pitting and chucks will start breaking lose. Then your only option is to regrout - Not a fun job and can be very expensive.
Tools for Cleaning Grout: If you are doing a reasonably sized area, like your counters, you can get the job done using a small detail brush which is pictured in my book, The Lost Art of House Cleaning. If you are doing a big area; say all your floors are tile, I'd suggest you invest in a steam cleaner. The only other things you'll need is some Krud Kutter and lots of rags.
Before you begin decide on breaking the job into sections. Don't try to do the whole counter at one time. Spray an area with full strength Krud Kutter and let it sit for a minute. Using the brush, just start brushing. Brush each seam back to front, then do the cross seams. Wipe with a clean rag and see what you have. You may find some spots require a second scrubbing to get it clean. Rinse with clear water and dry.
If you have a house of all tile floors you have a formidable job ahead of you. I have done this job once, and I'll never do it again. I'd go for the steam cleaner if I were you. Spray the grout with the Krud Kutter and steam away. Mop up the water and you'll be done (Yeah, hours later).
If you have not sealed your grout in the last 3-5 years you should seriously consider doing this now that they are clean. You shouldn't have any trouble find any one of the numerous products for sealing grout. Sealing them will help them stay cleaner longer.
Enjoy the Clean!
Jan, the Head Rag Dragger