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Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile & Grout: What Works and What Doesn’t

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile & Grout

How on earth do you clean shower grout & ceramic tile and what products work best?

This was a question I was pondering while taking a shower the other day. Primarily because the grout on our shower’s ceramic floor wasn’t looking so good.

I try to keep our shower clean, but with two adults and two kids it’s pretty darn hard to maintain Mr Clean’s level of tidiness (hey, the guy has no hair and that helps a lot with keeping showers looking immaculate).

We have small 2 inch by 2 inch square tiles on our shower floor (sound familiar) and my primary goal was to determine the best way to clean them. I also wanted to see if the same solution used to clean the ceramic tile could clean the grout.

Here’s the list of products tested

  • Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover ($7.52)
  • Eco Orange Citrus Cleaner ($80.00)
  • Chlorox ($1.99)

I’ve read so many articles on the awesomeness of OxiClean (oxygenated bleach) and wanted to see for myself how it would work on ceramic tile & grout.

My wife bought Eco Orange Citrus Cleaner from a salesperson in our neighborhood because it’s supposedly non-toxic and kid friendly. We’ve used it for general cleaning and it seemed like a good thought to try it on the shower, too.

And as a last resort I tried Chlorox bleach. It’s not my preference due to the noxious fumes and likelihood you’ll ruin your clothes using it.

Admittedly I hit a road block the first few times I used OxiClean. I’ll share my experience because it sheds light on the amount of OxiClean I found to have the most power. At the very least you’ll want to scroll through the pictures since I was growing my cheesy moustache to raise money for prostate cancer awareness.

Let’s get started :)

How Much OxiClean Powder Should be Used to Clean Ceramic Tile & Grout?

This is a great question because everyone’s ceramic tile & grout has a different level of dirtiness.

Let’s first discuss how the makers of OxiClean recommend using it for hard surfaces like tile & grout.

 

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile & Grout-OxiClean

 

The directions on the OxiClean container say to fill the OxiClean scoop to line 4 and add it to 1 gallon of water. It’s also suggested that a more concentrated solution/paste may be required for surfaces like grout and I’m certainly going to discuss this point.

They then recommend applying the OxiClean & water solution to tile with a sponge or brush or by pouring it directly on top of the surface. And the final step is to let the OxiClean stand on the tile & grout for 5-30 minutes and to not let it dry out.

Okay, that’s what you’ll read on the OxiClean box.

I performed 3 different tests on my ceramic tile to see what concentration of OxiClean would work best. My hope was that I’d only have to do one experiment and POOF, I’d be be a cleaning genius.

But no such luck.

The first test I did used 1/2 cup of OxiClean added to 1 gallon of hot water. I let the solution stand on the tile & grout for 30 minutes and scrubbed for about 5 minutes. This produced somewhat cleaner grout but the tile didn’t look any better.

The second test used 1 cup of OxiClean added to 1 gallon of hot water. Again, I let the solution stand on the tile & grout for 30 minutes and scoured for 5 minutes. The results were a mixed bag. The grout was clean in some areas and dirty in others as was the tile.

The third test involved 2 cups of OxiClean added to 1 gallon of hot water. This time I let the solution stand for 60 minutes and scrubbed for 5 minutes at the beginning and end. As a result, the tile & grout looked much better. The tile in particular sparkled and some of the grime I couldn’t get off with the scrub brush in tests #1 and #2 was completely gone.

 

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile and Grout-How much OxiClean to Use

 

My conclusion is that 2 cups of OxiClean mixed with one gallon of hot water will defintely clean ceramic tile. I barely had to use the nylon scrub brush to get the tiles looking brand new. This concentration will also eliminate mild grout stains and dirt.

But there were still sections of discolored grout. Maybe my grout was too far gone to be cleaned by OxiClean but that doesn’t mean I gave up.

 

Why Should You Use Oxygenated Bleach to Clean Ceramic Tile?

I try to stay as healthy as possible. And one sure way to get sick is to expose yourself to harsh chemicals. Plus, my kids use the same bathroom and shower as us. So the last thing I want to do is use chlorine bleach or some other product that could harm their lungs & skin.

Oxygenated bleach contains sodium percarbonate. When oxygenated bleach is dissolved in water a chemical reaction occurs that releases hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate.

This reaction is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Plus, oxygenated bleach doesn’t contain chlorine. So you don’t have to worry about it discoloring carpets or clothing while cleaning tile & grout.

(IMPORTANT, never mix vinegar with hydrogen peroxide as this reaction forms peracetic acid which can melt lead bullets. I mention this because many people might try vinegar to clean tile THEN use OxiClean, bad idea altogether!!)

Can Eco Orange or Chlorox Clean Shower Tile & Grout?

At this point in my experiment the shower tile was immaculate. The grout was driving me nuts. Even though each successive OxiClean treatment improved the grout’s look there were still discolored grout lines on some portions of the shower floor.

Enter Eco Orange Citrus Cleaner. This stuff is expensive at $80 per gallon. Like I said in the introduction we’ve used it to clean different areas of our home like sinks, bathtubs, floors, etc. It’s marketed as being safe and non-toxic which is important to us because we have 2 young daughters.

It works really well as a general cleaner (as it should for that price, holy mother of mercy).

I used 1 part Eco Orange to 2 parts water. In this case 2 cups of Eco Orange to 4 cups of warm water. Once mixed thoroughly I poured it onto the shower tile & grout and scrubbed the grout for 5 minutes with a nylon brush.

Then I rinsed the shower floor with clean water. Unfortunately the grout was still discolored. If I had to just tidy up the shower floor I’d most certainly use Eco Orange because it would do a good job eliminating superficial dirt. But grout renewer it is not.

 

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile and Grout-Eco Orange Citrus Cleaner

 

Moving on to Chlorox bleach.

I really dislike using Chlorox bleach, but wanted to see if it could make a dent in my grout. After putting on rubber gloves, a respirator, and eye protection I mixed 3/4 cup of Chlorox with 2 cups of water.

 

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile and Grout-Chlorox bleach requires protective gear

 

This is super concentrated but that’s the point. I didn’t want to perform multiple experiments with bleach.

I scrubbed the tile grout for 5 minutes and let the Chlorox stand on the tile surface for another 10. Then I rinsed with clean water.

After saying a little prayer to the grout gods (just kidding, but if they existed you know I would kneel in reverence) and waiting 10 minutes, I checked on the grout.

Sorry folks, Chlorox just didn’t help in this case.

 

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile and Grout-Chlorox bleach

 

So what shall I do?

The shower tile is looking fantastic but the grout is still discolored in some areas.

 

Cleaning Shower Ceramic Tile and Grout-Mixed results

 

I started Home Repair Tutor to share my wins and losses to help others. This is a tie :)

My hope was that one of these three products could have cleaned both the tile and grout in our shower. I’m confident that OxiClean can clean anyone’s ceramic tiles. And while it didn’t fully live up to my grout cleansing expectations I think you should try it since it helped brighten up about 60% of our grout lines.

It’s relatively affordable at $7.52 and worth a shot since it’s non-toxic.

I may try a few other products in order to get my tile grout looking better.

Do you have a recommendation?

I’d love to hear from anyone who’s experienced a similar situation. I promise to try your suggestions, share the results, and make a video in your honor. But first leave your tip in the comment section below.

Make it a great day!

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P.P.S.

Here are some photos from Chiante, who read this post and tried the tips. The first photo shows her kitchen tile before using OxiClean and the second photo is after she let the OxiClean sit and do its job for about 2 hours. She then used a carpet cleaner to suck up all the liquid-which I thought was ingenious. Thanks Chiante for sharing your success!!!

Chiante's Grout Before Cleaning

Chiante's Grout After Cleaning

 

 

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201 comments… add one

  • Jessica November 7, 2012, 12:45 PM

    There’s something that I think is called Grout Renew or Grout Refresh. It’s available at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. I’ve seen rave reviews on various blogs. It comes in different colors, which makes me wonder if it’s a cleaner or more like a paint or resurfacer. It sounds like it’s worth a shot, though.

    • Jeff Patterson November 7, 2012, 1:17 PM

      Thanks Jessica for the tip. I saw this product in the store. I wanted to see if I could clean the grout first but it could be an option down the road. Isn’t grout the most difficult area to keep clean? I swear it turns gray the instant you look at it :(

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles November 7, 2012, 4:32 PM

    Well, Jeff, you could always do what I did in our guest bath- paint the walls soon after putting down new floor tile. Make sure you dump the can of paint when you move the ladder, because you forgot to remove the aforementioned can of paint before moving the said ladder…. :P

    • Jeff Patterson November 7, 2012, 4:42 PM

      Oh my gosh!! That sounds painful. We’ve all done stuff like that and it almost happens in slow motion. I’m guessing you had quite the cleanup on your hands even with a drop cloth.

      I once spilled paint all over myself when painting a ceiling. Not fun :(

      But these make for great stories.

      • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles November 7, 2012, 8:47 PM

        Um, yeah, about the drop cloth…. :/

        • Jeff Patterson November 7, 2012, 8:57 PM

          You cracked me up with your response. Thanks Sheila for your great sense of humor, at least we can laugh about our prior mishaps with paint :)

  • Tanya November 8, 2012, 10:34 AM

    I have used Comet (and the Ajax brand of the same thing) to clean grout in a kitchen and it worked wonders!!! I made a thin paste and applied it, scrubbed it, then let it sit for 30ish minutes, then scrubbed again and rinsed it away!

    • Jeff Patterson November 8, 2012, 11:21 AM

      That’s another ingenious tip Tanya. I’ll give that a shot. I love using Comet in our kitchen sink to clean and disinfect.

      Thank you so much for providing the specific directions and letting me know how long to let the paste sit on the grout :)

    • Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs November 12, 2012, 1:05 PM

      I too use Comet for grout discoloration. However, remember that it too, as well as Ajax, both have chlorine in them…so do be careful with fumes. And sometimes when I’m lazy I just spray liquid bleach right on the grout! I put the exhaust fan on and work in short spurts…as long as I can hold my breath between spray times…;-) The truth of the matter is, once the grout is really badly discolored you’ll probably not find anything in the home cleaner line that will get it perfectly cleaned :-( So the trick is, clean well/clean often…Yes, it’s tough when the family uses the shower a lot.

      There are other specific grout cleaners out there as others have mentioned. I’ve never used them but would love to know how they work, if they’re reasonably priced etc. because our home now has a grouted shower…Before it was an all-in-one shower stall that was much easier to clean.

      • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 8:43 PM

        Thanks Connie for the Ajax tip. Grout is so tough to maintain and I’ve given thought to using epoxy formulas but they are tricky to apply.

        I spoke with the technical support line today at Custom Building Products. They make Polyblend grout and recommended sulfamic acid to clean grout. So this might be my last resort before regrouting the shower floor.

        I think it would be interesting to remove the grout and try an epoxy formula.

  • Theresa James November 8, 2012, 2:58 PM

    For literally years, I have tried every product and home recipe that I have found to try and keep my husband’s shower clean. So far, I have found nothing that cleaned to my satisfaction. Recently, I found a home recipe on a web site, so as usual, I mixed it up and tried it. To my utter disbelief, after the cleaning, it was as if I was looking at a new shower! Mix this up and give it a try. Heat 1 cup of white vinegar in the microwave for 90 seconds. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle. Add one cup of BLUE Dawn dishwashing liquid. (I don’t know why it must be blue, however, that was stressed). Shake to mix. Spray the area to be cleaned (tile, glass, fixtures) with this mixture. It will spray on like a gel. Let it sit for 2 hours. After the 2 hours, scrub all surfaces (scrub if you want – I only needed to rub ), rinse and stand back and see the sparkle! This mixture does smell really bad, but the smell dissipates fairly quickly. Hope it does as good for you as it has done for me.

    • Jeff Patterson November 8, 2012, 9:54 PM

      Theresa, this is super interesting. I will definitely try it. Do you recommend any special type of spray bottle? The heating of the vinegar seems to be the key action.

      This is right up my alley: very chemistry oriented. Brings back memories of organic chemistry class and beakers exploding, haha. I’ll let you know how it works.

      • Theresa James November 9, 2012, 12:13 AM

        Jeff, I just used a regular 1 quart spray bottle with a trigger spray. I got some at Lowe’s, I believe.

        • Jeff Patterson November 9, 2012, 6:04 AM

          Thank you so much Theresa. I’ll be visiting Lowes today to pickup some supplies :)

          • Theresa James November 9, 2012, 6:42 AM

            Great, Jeff. Please let me know what you think.

    • Dana January 13, 2013, 2:15 PM

      I have seen this recipe and actually a modified version that I tried just yesterday for calcified and hard water stains around the kitchen and bath faucets, as well as tub and tile.

      Fill 1/2 a spray bottle with Vinegar (warm or not, although I believe warm would be better)
      Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice (bottled juice is acceptable)
      Add your favorite dish soap (I used Dawn “Original”)

      I only wish I’d taken before and after pics of my kitchen and bath hardware to show you the difference, but you can try it for yourself. Really outstanding. I did not, however try this on my grout issues yet (I have the same one as you, Jeff). I cleaned my guest bath and shower with it yesterday, which was very clean anyway, so short of mentioning the tile & hardware having a sparkling finish, I can’t say much about the grout. If reapplication is needed for anyone after letting that solution sit for 30 minutes or more, I’d be surprised!

      Recently I tried “Soft Scrub Total All Purpose With Bleach” in my master shower which is the one with the grout issues. The application is similar to the above vinegar solution in that its foamy and stays where applied. I got some decent results, but certainly not perfection or renewal.

      A while back I’d tried Tilex Root and that absolutely restored the grout better, but its just seriously awful.

      My handyman directed me to a Grout Pen and that will absolutely cover and seal your grout if applied correctly, making it look pretty new again. I can’t tell you how fun it was to use that on my 1″ octagonal tiles! :P

      Thank you for your great Blog!

      • Jeff Patterson January 14, 2013, 5:53 AM

        Thanks Dana for the great recipe.

        I agree with you on Tilex-it works by the bleachy smell is so overpowering that I don’t use it. Primarily because my wife’s asthma will be triggered.

        I’ve thought about the Grout Pen and called the company that makes it. They only recommend using it on grout that won’t be exposed to water. Thus my only choice at this point is to probably regrout the shower floor.

        But that should be a good post in the future :)

        • Dana January 16, 2013, 10:34 PM

          Just updating and commenting about Teresa’s post and her recipe requiring the BLUE Dawn dishwashing liquid.

          I got funky and decided to try the Green Apple scented dawn because It is anti-bacterial. Although Vinegar is anti-bacterial, I thought I’d try the added anti-bacterial soap. I will say I did not find quite the same results, although fine results with a delightful apple smell. Much more appealing than the blue dawn recipe.

          Thanks again for the awesome blog! Kudos on a job well done!

          • Jeff Patterson January 18, 2013, 6:49 AM

            Cool idea Dana, thanks for sharing. I wonder if you could make it a half and half recipe.

            Half Green Apple and half Blue Dawn. It’s cool when we all try these different things, makes me think of high school chemistry.
            And fortunately there’s no chance of soap or vinegar exploding!

          • merrell August 19, 2014, 12:26 PM

            anti-bacterial soaps are oh so bad for the environment. they are killing the fish so please , you don’t need them at all! and while i am here, please don’t flush any old medicines down the toilet or sink as they are also so very harmful .

            I believe the ‘magic erasers’ have formaldehyde in them, or so I was told by a scientist friend. I am looking for non harmful ways to clean and love this site. thanks Jeff. will try the dawn and vinegar solution.

          • Jeff Patterson October 14, 2014, 6:16 PM

            I second your plea for not flushing medicines down the toilet or drain Merrell.

            The pharmacy will take old medicines at no cost. I did this with some left over meds we had :D

    • Laurie Fox July 16, 2013, 10:27 PM

      Won’t the vinegar boil if it’s for 90 seconds? I, too, have tried multiple ways of trying to clean my kitchen floor grout (very light beige, almost white) and my shower tile floor grout (also very light beige). For the kitchen, I have used a paste made of baking soda and white vinegar. Leave it on for at least 30 min if very dirty then use a scrub brush (I used a toothbrush) to scrub. You might have to use a little more vinegar. Worked pretty well but since I did not seal the floor afterwards, 3 months later it was dirty again. Tried it in my shower but it didn’t work. I think it is too far gone.

      • Matt Michel July 20, 2013, 3:40 PM

        The most important thing to do after your hard work of scrubbing. Is to seal the floor. Otherwise you did all that hard work for nothing . You can buy any grout sealer at home depot or similar for twenty dollars. Then buy the grout sealer roll on brush for five dollars. Then follow directions on a bottle. Very simple. That or pay a company like mine to do it for fifty dollars. The sealer will protect stains for around three years, then simply redo the sealer. Most of the deep grout stains you won’t be able to remove. Its soaked all the way through. You can stain grout lines or replace the grout lines. But cleaning it will only get you so far. I have twenty years experience in this work, I’m happy to answer any questions. The grout master@aol.com my name is Matt

        • Jeff Patterson July 21, 2013, 7:50 AM

          Thanks Matt for your comment, grout is such a tough thing for homeowners like us. Really appreciate your candid feedback :)

          • Luva Lynne Atitlan September 30, 2014, 2:43 PM

            Thanks so much all of you for your comments and suggestions. I now have several ideas for how to clean my very dirty bathtub tiles and grout. Thanks Jeff for hosting this very useful forum. It’s exactly what I was looking for.

          • Jeff Patterson September 30, 2014, 7:19 PM

            You’re super welcome Luva. When I read comments like your’s it makes me want to make a ton of videos!!! So I’ll keep doing just that.

    • susan July 29, 2013, 10:12 PM

      Hi Theresa, the blue dawn is a grease cutter most of the time mildew grows under soap scum. Soap scum (is grease) has to be removed first then mold and mildew can be removed easily with hydrogen peroxide. I have been a house cleaner since 1986, I perfer bleach, it works the best.

      • Theresa James August 4, 2013, 10:05 PM

        Before I found this ‘recipe’ I had tried everything, including retail miracle cleaners, bleach, peroxide, just everything that I read or saw that was supposed to help this problem. No good results with any. I tried the Dawn/vinegar solution as I usually would in my search for something that would do the job. For once, something worked. I have used it ever since with great results!

        • Jeff Patterson August 4, 2013, 10:14 PM

          Hi Theresa,

          So glad to hear you had a success!!! I know that feeling when you’re at your wits end and need a solution badly. Cool beans :)

          Jeff

    • Joan Collier October 5, 2013, 3:36 PM

      Going to make this mixture and hopefully have found a solution to ugly dirty grout. Tried many products and gets a little here and there, but overall, still ugly. Worst places, I have been painting. Lasts a little while, then comes off. Estimate for steam cleaning was $500. Don’t want to pay that much. Don’t know how much would cost to have regrouted.

      • Jeff Patterson October 5, 2013, 4:38 PM

        Hi Joan,

        $500 is a lot of loot. You might be able to re-grout for that price depending on the area. And certainly could re-grout it yourself for much much less. How big is your surface area? If it’s a powder room you could get it done in a weekend for sure. I’d volunteer but my wife has be doing other stuff for the next several months-LOL.

        Jeff

      • Theresa James October 6, 2013, 6:56 PM

        I sure hope it works for you. I use it on a regular basis and what it might not get all of one tme, it usually does the next. I am going to regrout and seal my shower floor as soon as cooler weather makes me stay inside instead of working in my yard!

        • Jeff Patterson October 7, 2013, 7:26 PM

          Theresa, let me know how the re-grouting goes but until then, enjoy the weather ;)

          Jeff

    • anni October 13, 2013, 6:03 PM

      Thought I’d try the Blue Dawn and Vinegar and, when I went to mix the soution, realized I’d forgotton Dawn, BUT, I did have Cascade Complete Liquid Dishwasher Soap WITH Dawn in it. So, I mixed one cup of that with one cup of warm vinegar. This destroyed my spray bottle, and I had to apply with a rag, but in a matter of minutes the tiles were clean and the grout looked better than it had in years! The lowest tiles in the shower still have some residue on them, so I will reapply with the straight Blue Dawn. Gotta say, tho, that the Cascade really is a powerful cleaner for gloss finish ceramic tiles. Thank you SOOO much for your suggestions! This is a great Blog…I am going to get grout sealer next!

      • Jeff Patterson October 13, 2013, 9:01 PM

        Hey Anni,

        That’s crazy stuff, can’t believe your spray bottle was destroyed. Powerful stuff to say the least. Let me know how the rest of the cleaning goes but it sounds like you’re pretty happy.

        Jeff

      • Theeresa James October 14, 2013, 7:26 AM

        Isn’t it great when you finally hit on that “right” thing that makes your efforts worth while? Glad it’s working for you!

        • anni October 14, 2013, 12:54 PM

          Hello, All…yup, it really was Awesome to see the grime disappear so fast with that dishwasher soap and vinegar! Haven’t yet done the second treatment; thought I’d compare the DAWN and vinegar with the Cascade and vinegar both on this surround AND on the shower walls downstairs which are…well, let’s just not put words to it. Anyhow: here’s how my bottle was destroyed: apparently there’s something in the Cascade that reacted like baking soda with the vinegar. Rather explosive: the liquid began coming out the spray nozzle, and when I released the sprayer to stop that, there was no problem. However, the spray trigger failed after that to work. So, I applied by hand.

          Thanks for all the comments about grout! I’m going to seal after I clean the final time. I love tile too, but…in areas that offer oils and grease of any kind, maybe not the best choice? I just put cork floors in for my yoga studio and Reiki Treatment room and love them. The salesperson said he’d sold cork to several people for their kitchens. Easy peasy to clean with the Bona System. I’ll keep you posted on that….

          Thanks, Everyone! This is now my Go To Site for all things, “How the heck do you do that?”

          anni

          • Jeff Patterson October 14, 2013, 1:02 PM

            Awesome Anni, thanks for your kind words. I love reading everyone’s tips and hope that we all learn from each other.

            Keep us posted on the cork floors, I’ve never installed them but would like to some day :)

            Jeff

    • Marion Freyburger September 15, 2014, 8:18 AM

      I just found this site and I love it. I have a shower with tile and glass and it gets dirty all the time. I tried the vinegar and blue dawn and it worked FANTISTIC. I will be sending this site and link to everyone I know.

      It was so simple heat the vinegar, add the dawn, spray, (you may want to use a mask it does smell pretty bad). Wait 2 hours and for the most part we just use a magic eraser sponge. After it dried you can see where you missed as it dried a white so we just went back over the area.

      All I can say is thank you.

      • Jeff Patterson September 15, 2014, 7:59 PM

        That’s awesome Marion. Thanks so much for confirming this is a great option. I love hearing these success stories!!

    • Katrina October 14, 2014, 12:28 PM

      ok I just mixed it & sprayed it all over the shower. Now I’ll watch some tv for 2 hours, then go rinse it & see how it works. I did make the decision when we built our house to use a grayish color grout so the grout looks ok (but does that mean its really ok??) but the tile already looks dingy.

      • Jeff Patterson October 14, 2014, 5:34 PM

        Keep me posted Katrina. One other solution I’ve recently discovered is OxiClean Max Force. But test it on your grout in a small area to see if it reacts okay. I let the Max Force sit on the grout for 20 minutes then scrub it.

  • Mic November 8, 2012, 8:28 PM

    Two suggestions – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (bathroom style) or K-Boom. I have used both to clean my white bathroom tile & grout.

    • Jeff Patterson November 8, 2012, 9:58 PM

      I love using Magic Erasers. Although I’ve learned my lesson and now wear gloves when I use them. I’m sure whatever chemical is in them isn’t great for skin since mine always peals after making contact.

      That said, the erasers live up to their name and are really awesome at eliminating fingerprints on doors. Now I’m sounding like some CSI person but in reality I just have kids, lol.

      • Rich August 12, 2013, 2:01 PM

        JEFF, hard to believe but there are NO CHEMICALS in magic erasers. It’s a cleaning stick made of melamine foam, no kidding, so no gloves needed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine_foam

        • Jeff Patterson August 12, 2013, 7:35 PM

          Hey Rich,

          Thanks for clearing up this cloudy issue. I love using magic erasers for tons of stuff, they really come in handy when you’ve got kids.

          Jeff

  • Emma Briggs November 8, 2012, 9:20 PM

    I also appreciate that the cleaning products you use do not smell bad.

    • Jeff Patterson November 8, 2012, 10:00 PM

      I hear you Emma. The stinky smell of some cleaners is just downright bad. It’s unfortunate that certain natural cleaners don’t work and we have to stick with caustic ones.

  • Reema November 9, 2012, 11:13 AM

    Natural cleaners work great for upkeep. It’s when upkeep isn’t done regularly that you have problems with needing to really deep clean and get out stains. I know I’m guilty of getting behind on chores, but staying on top of things is really the key to dealing with these problems :)

    I use vinegar to clean, and I usually use orange peel to help boost the vinegar power. I fill a pickle jar with juicy orange peel, and pour vinegar over the peel. I let sit for a week or so, and then re-fill my spray bottles with the home made orange cleaner. smells better than just regular vinegar, and cleans better too.

    when I first moved into my house, though, the tile was gross. I used clorox toilet bowl cleaner (the gel stuff in the bottle with the crooked neck) to whiten the grout. it works wonders, though you MUST wear thick rubber gloves and safety glasses to scrub it. open the windows and let the bathroom air out after a cleaning and be sure to rinse really well.

    I learned about toilet bowl cleaner when I worked at a family owned shop in highschool. We had to do a big cleaning day, and they used it to clean everything in the bathrooms. Caustic, but effective.

    • Jeff Patterson November 11, 2012, 6:58 AM

      Thanks Reema for the great vinegar and orange peel recipe. You’re totally right about vinegar smelling a lot better with orange peel. I love this creative idea and this is exactly why the comment sections of websites are soooooo important.

      I’ll give the toilet bowl cleaner a try today while I’m doing some pluming work around the house. If this doesn’t work I doubt anything else will do the trick, haha. It would be fantastic if such caustic products weren’t necessary and your comment on upkeep cuts straight to how we can avoid this issue problem. Upkeep, upkeep, upkeep-so easy to say yet so hard to do:)

    • Martha November 12, 2012, 11:05 AM

      I don’t have a tile bath anymore (YAY!), but when I did, I always used the toiled bowl cleaner and brush on the tile. Never had a grout problem. I liked the little hole so you could squirt it out and it would run down the grout line. And even going crosswise wasn’t bad because it is thick. I also discovered a product that helps to keep the bath clean longer. “Clean Shower”. You clean your bath good, then spray that on all the surfaces. Daily, after bathing, spray again. Really aided in “big cleaning day” because the surfaces were never as dirty! I use it still on my smooth surface bath, and it seems to prevent build up. I used to love to clean. I’m 73 now and that is NOT my top priority!! :)

      • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 6:29 PM

        Thanks Martha for the cleaning product tip. It sounds like your bathrooms are spic and span clean :)

        The main idea thread from everyone seams to be daily maintenance cleaning is the biggest and best thing we can all do.

        My Mom is 71 and I think she’d like to be done with cleaning, too. But now she’s onto changing diapers for my sister who just had a baby girl :)

        So it might be awhile before her retirement from cleaning.

  • Sue November 11, 2012, 3:20 PM

    I recently read that Zep is supposed to be really good, so add it to your list.

    • Jeff Patterson November 11, 2012, 6:48 PM

      You got it Sue. I tried a few other products this weekend. The first was Tilex and it didn’t help. That doesn’t mean it won’t benefit someone else though. But I’ll keep trudging forward to see if there’s a better solution :)

    • joe November 19, 2012, 12:39 AM

      I second the Zep formula…I think it’s called grout cleaner. I used that in a badly dirtied bathroom tile floor with great results…followed up with a sealer

  • Pam November 11, 2012, 9:22 PM

    A year ago I tried cleaning something in my sink with the toilet bowl cleaner mentioned above. My chrome sink drain will never be the same! Looks awful! That stuff really is caustic – be careful!

    • Jeff Patterson November 12, 2012, 5:18 AM

      Sorry to hear the toilet bowl cleaner ruined your sink Pam.

      Can you remember what brand it was so that anyone seeing this post won’t have the same bad experience?

      It might be safe to say that we should avoid using such a product anywhere there is metal.

      • Pam November 13, 2012, 7:27 AM

        It’s called The Works. It’s pretty potent but still doesn’t get rid of the water line mineral deposit in the toilet (I’m on a well). Do you know any good cleaners for that?

        • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 9:00 PM

          Well Pam I would have thought the Works or CLR could remove these rings but apparently this isn’t the case.

          Unfortunately I don’t have any other suggestions. I wish I could be more helpful.

          • Tanya November 14, 2012, 9:34 PM

            Pam, the “toilet Bowl Cleaner” from dollar general (Dollar General brand) works wonders on toilet bowl water rings!!! I squirt it in there, making sure to cover all of it, then wait about 30 minutes…voila, clean!!! I live in an apartment, and had that glorious ring in both toilets since we moved in almost a year ago….one day I saw that stuff and decided to try it, and it worked perfectly!!!

        • Kate March 4, 2013, 10:39 PM

          There is a toilet bowl stone (like a pumice stone that you use on dry heels?) that you can get at walmart that I have used with success to remove hard water lines in a toilet bowl.

          • Jeff Patterson March 5, 2013, 5:29 AM

            Thanks Kate for the tip, I’ve never used one before but it sounds like you’ve had some success with it.

            I really appreciate your suggestion because several people have asked for a product like this :)

        • alissa August 24, 2013, 8:04 PM

          Kaboom toilet gel worked wonders on the mineral deposit lines. Goes in purple, then turns green when you’re ready to wipe. :-)

          • Jeff Patterson August 25, 2013, 8:25 AM

            Hey Alissa,

            Thanks for the Kaboom tip. I like the fact that it turns colors to indicate the wiping action. Way cool.

            Jeff

  • LInda November 11, 2012, 9:50 PM

    Only thing I have learned was that Oxyclean works wonders on a fiberglass shower floor. I wet the floor, sprinkle powder OxiClean and go away half a day. No scrubbing and it is nice and white.

    • Jeff Patterson November 12, 2012, 5:22 AM

      That’s awesome Linda. I really appreciate your story because we have a few rental homes with fiberglass shower floors and I’m sure they will need cleaned thoroughly!!

      I think OxiClean can certainly help with stains that haven’t gone for years and years. It seams like a great day to day cleaner that can help keep surfaces looking fantastic.

      This is all important stuff since the holidays are approaching :)

  • Lynne November 11, 2012, 10:04 PM

    After getting your tile clean, mix 1tsp. Tea Tree Oil to 1 C water in a spray bottle. Spray all around after showering….it really helps! Saw this on Pinterest.

    • Jeff Patterson November 12, 2012, 5:27 AM

      This is another super tip Lynne. Do you recommend any brand of Tea Tree Oil?

      I only have experience with shampoo that has Tea Tree in it, LOL.

      This solution would also make the shower smell terrific and it’s natural. Thanks for great suggestion.

      • Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs November 12, 2012, 1:14 PM

        I found something similar to this idea, quite by accident. I had splashed some hair conditioner on the shower door later to find the water didn’t leave spots where the conditioner was! So after I cleaned the shower door, I rubbed conditioner all over the door.(I just used my hand actually.) It left a sort of ‘oily film’ on the door and the water didn’t bead up on it. It acted like a sort of ‘sheet’ so the water ran off more easily. And yes, we have quite hard water. This was a glass shower door but I’m suspecting it would work as easily on a fiberglass door :-)

        So in case you’re wondering what kind of hair conditioner it was, the semi-permanent hair color I use comes with a tube of conditioner. I have a ton of those around so I used that. Just be careful not to get too much of the conditioner on the floor…it may cause slipperiness. Wipe the floor well, if this does happen.

  • Beth November 11, 2012, 11:59 PM

    The only thing I have found that works on my shower grout is X14. I am sure it is not environmentally friendly based on the fumes. I wear a mask and gloves when using it but it works.

    • Jeff Patterson November 12, 2012, 5:29 AM

      Good to hear about another product Beth. Can you get X14 at the grocery store or is it a special order product?

      I apologize for not being up to date on my cleaners, ;)

      There are so many different options for cleaning grout. I’m thinking I should put together another post just to list them all.

  • Judi November 12, 2012, 12:55 AM

    I moved into an apartment where the shower tile outgrunged the average Turkish prison. After scrubbing well with ajax powder and rinsing several times–and sobbing salty tears–I sprayed all surfaces with Tilex Mold and Mildew Spray and went outside for about an hour. Ta-Da! I simply had to rinse, and the yuck was gone. Now I use the stuff regularly to clean toilets, sinks, etc., but it is wise to have good ventilation. It’s worth trying. Good luck.

    • Jeff Patterson November 12, 2012, 5:35 AM

      The first part of your comment cracked me up Judi, hilarious!!

      Thanks for the Tilex tip. I tried it over the weekend and unfortunately is didn’t work.

      But I totally believe in Tilex as an upkeep product, meaning it will help prevent the type of situation I’m in now. If I’d been using it routinely our grout would look out of this world.

      Where the heck was this grungy apartment that was worse than a Turkish prison? I had to ask.

  • Susan November 12, 2012, 1:21 AM

    I use “Bar Keeper’s Friend” Cleanser and Polish for grout maintenance. I found out about it when I bought new pots and pans and it was recommended for proper cleaning of the stainless. Had never used it before and now I wonder how I ever cleaned without it! I’ve tried it on all surfaces with wonderful results, even on RUST! My kitchen grout was really dingy looking in the traffic path so down on my knees I went with the BF and a Magic Eraser. A few swipes and the grout looked like new! I believe it has a mild acid in it which is the miracle worker (so wear gloves, though I have used it most times bare handed). It’s my go to choice for all dirty jobs. It restores most household items to a “like new” appearance!

    • Susan November 12, 2012, 1:24 AM

      Oh and by the way, it’s really cheap!! Under $2 a can.

    • Jeff Patterson November 12, 2012, 5:43 AM

      You and the other commenters have convinced me to give both Bar Keeper’s Friend and Magic Erasers a shot.

      I’ve never heard of using the two of them together but this is an interesting idea.

      Did you have any bad chemical reaction that created a bad vapor? I just wanted to check before moving forward.

      I’d also encourage others to wear gloves when using Magic Erasers. I’ve had my skin peel around my fingernails after using them.

      • Susan November 12, 2012, 10:30 AM

        There is no out-gassing or reaction at all, but the BKF is very powdery, like talc, so I would be careful when sprinkling, to not be vigorous about it, so as not to inhale any resulting “poof” of the product. I have transfered the BKF to a glass, restaurant style cheese shaker (you know the one that resides in every pizza place) so that I can keep it handy on the sink and the smaller size of the bottle keeps the powder more targeted.

        • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 5:18 AM

          That’s a wonderful idea Susan-using the cheese shaker for the Bar Keeper’s Friend. I really appreciate all your suggestions and tips.

          • Susan November 13, 2012, 9:57 AM

            You know, I was looking at your pix once again and I noticed in the #2 picture (with your finger pointing) that the darker color may not be discolored grout. Have you considered that the mortar mastic, that adhered the tiles, might be showing trough? The grayish/putty color looks about right. Before the areas that you cleaned were clean, was it all the same color or was it still spotty looking? It’s entirely possible that the installer was a bit heavy handed with the adhesive and it squished through the tile spaces thereby not leaving enough depth for sufficient grout in spots. Perhaps all of your attempts at cleaning have removed the thin layer of grout over the mastic??
            Just a random thought (I have a lot of those)… and if that is the case, that ain’t comin’ out honey!! =)
            Perhaps SheilaG’s misadventures with paint might be the answer after all!!

          • Jeff Patterson November 15, 2012, 6:20 AM

            The thought did cross my mind that the mortar was showing through but upon further inspection the discoloring is from residue on the surface of the grout. The area was indeed spotty looking before I cleaned with all the different products.

            With that said, I did recognize the grout was a bit thin in areas. I might try to clean a bit more and see what happens. Ultimately this grout will need to be replaced and that’s an entirely different tutorial. I’m still contemplating using epoxy grout since it doesn’t stain as easily as sanded grout. It’s certainly trickier to install since it sets up quickly.

            I’m up for an adventure though.

          • Susan November 15, 2012, 10:19 AM

            Well, good luck and tally-ho… to adventure!!

          • Valerie Welch November 7, 2013, 11:48 AM

            Epoxy grout is a royal b**** to install! You do have to work super fast. My husband and I worked together grouting our 4’x5′ shower and swore at the stuff. BUT! That stuff makes great grout for the floor of a shower. It is not rough and porous like sanded grout and doesn’t need any more cleaning than the tile around it, as it has a smooth finish like the tile. If we had to do it again in a future home, I might read up on some kind of release agent to coat the main surface of the tiles, so the excess epoxy is easier to remove. We had used 6×6 tiles on the floor and that turned out to be a lot of surface to clean off. It might not be such a big deal with mosaic tiles. We used a chocolate epoxy with dark brown-ish tiles so it had a blended look. Good luck if you do decide to switch to epoxy! In the end, it is worth the work.

          • Jeff Patterson November 8, 2013, 1:17 PM

            Hi Valerie, I did end up using epoxy grout and it was a lot easier than I anticipated. I only used it because I’ve grouted tile before and don’t mind trying new products. I definitely had to work fast but overall am very happy with the results. You’re right, epoxy grout stays way cleaner than sanded or un-sanded and doesn’t look bad. I’m sold on it.

    • Rich August 12, 2013, 2:04 PM

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melamine_foam no chemicals in magic eraser!

  • Valerie W November 12, 2012, 10:50 AM

    My bathroom tiles were disgusting! I had tried so many different products that it would have bankrupt a small country. None of which did much if anything except wear me out, smell up the house, and/or ruin my clothing.
    Finally, one day while washing my husband’s greasy, grimy work clothes I realized how clean my washer was after washing them with Simple Green so I decided to try it on my tiles.
    I mixed a solution of 2oz. cleaner to 10oz. water. sprayed the cleaner on, let it soak for an hour (re-wet if it dries out). At the end of the hour I scrubbed with a stiff brush. When I wiped away the suds and dirty water the tiles & grout were white for the first time in 15 yrs+, before I moved into this house. I rinsed the tiles and grout twice and then went to the store to get grout sealer. I figured it’s easier to keep the tiles clean than keep tiles & grout clean.
    I still officially HATE tile in a shower!

    • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 5:24 AM

      Your last sentence resonated with me Valerie, I feel the same way about tiles but mine is more of a love/hate relationship.

      I hate cleaning tiles/grout but I absolutely love the way they look. When I go on Pinterest and see all the gorgeous showers it is inspiring.

      I’m going to add your tip to my list. At this point I’m thinking of doing a follow-up post just to list all the great ideas like yours.

  • Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips November 12, 2012, 12:03 PM

    The acid that’s in Bar Keeper’s Friend is muric acid. It eats through organic stuff like rust and blood and it’s only mildly abrasive. But, best to wear gloves.

    Magic erasers don’t have anything caustic in them. It’s the abrasive nature that is hurting your skin. I hear they are hell on false fingernails.

    I blogged about magic erasers here: http://diyhomestagingtips.blogspot.com/2011/08/the-truth-about-magic-erasers-are-they.html

    Since I am always looking for ways to clean easier and more safely, I am testing the vinegar/Dawn formula. I just coated my shower stall with the mixture and am waiting for the stuff to work before rubbing or scrubbing. Hoping it’s just rubbing!

    • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 8:37 PM

      Let us know how the Dawn & Vinegar work out. I hope you only have to do mild rubbing, too.

      Thanks for attaching your link on Magic Erasers. It was super informative and alleviated some of the concerns I had about using them. I like how you listed where to use them and where not to.

      It was interesting to read you had the same positive cleaning experience with dollar store magic erasers. Good to know!!

  • Keith W. November 12, 2012, 2:41 PM

    Unfortunately tile has always been very difficult to clean after being soiled. I have found that preventive medicine works the best, I tiled several area in my home and to prevent having issues with grout staining I would liberally apply grout sealer the soonest possible time after grouting. This seams to prevent the grout from staining and makes for easy clean-up when there are normal spills. Unfortunately paint and and the like will always make for difficult clean-up.

    I believe the real remedy for cleaning grout would be to remove the old grout if it has been stained badly then seal it before use.

    • Jeff Patterson November 13, 2012, 8:56 PM

      Good idea Keith to liberally apply grout sealer to grout. I would go a step further and recommend reapplying sealer every 6 months.

      We have new grout and tiles in our kitchen behind the stove. As you can imagine there are a lot of splashes (meatball sauce explosions :D happen) and the grout still looks fantastic.

      Sealers are super important.

  • joe November 19, 2012, 12:46 AM

    another tip (I think I saw it here) for keeping the shower window clean was to clean it thoroughly with vinegar an baking soda…wash it off and apply Rain-X to the glass…keeps the water from “sticking”

  • Mrs Hobbs January 6, 2013, 6:07 PM

    Hi you were definitely on to something with the Oxiclean. I used it as a paste and it cleaned my grout back to its ORIGINAL clean white finish. I left it on the grout for about 2hrs. (my grout was really dirty. we dont think the people that laid the tile sealed it. AND the tile is in the kitchen….thats how dirty it was, the grout is now brown) then i scrubbed it w a brush and went over it with our carpet cleaner that sucks up the dirty water. I only tested the grout around one tile because i didnt want to waste time and money in case it didnt work. Using it as a thick paste will use alot of product but the results are DEFINITELY worth it.

    • Jeff Patterson January 6, 2013, 6:17 PM

      That’s AWESOME!!!

      Thanks for sharing the carpet cleaner idea as a way to suck up the dirty water. That’s a super efficient way to take care of a large floor, like a kitchen.

      I’d love to see before and after pictures. Let me know if you have any and I’d be happy to add them to this post with your name :)

      • Mrs Hobbs January 6, 2013, 8:23 PM

        Sure! I don’t see where I can add the pics and my phone isn’t letting me copy. Do you have an email address I can send to? I also think one could get even BETTER results if they wet the tile before adding the oxiclean paste. Letting it sit overnight may be an option too.

        • Jeff Patterson January 6, 2013, 8:35 PM

          That’s a great suggestion, too-letting the OxiClean sit overnight. Although telling everyone in the family about this plan is probably a good idea (LOL).

          I would surely forget and slide into the shower in the morning if the bathroom tile was being cleaned.

          Feel free to send the pictures to jeff@homerepairtutor.com.

          Add any comments you’d like me to put with the photos. Thanks so much for trying out this method of cleaning tiles. I think it’s so cool when we can all work together to find new ways to solve problems :)

  • John January 27, 2013, 2:44 PM

    Two words… GROUT MAGIC. There.. I said it.
    I bought this product at Floor and Decor tile outlets in my area, and I swear, hands down this product was awesome. I used it on my basement bathroom floor tile, which was disgustingly filthy when I moved in. Simply squirt on the liquid and let it sit on the grout for no more than ten minutes, wipe off with a damp sponge, and done! I’d be lying if it didn’t look brand new, but you do need to reseal if you use this product.
    You can hear it bubbling up when it activates, and all the gunk gets released. Not a day to day cleaner for sure, but use for those heavy duty jobs.

    • Jeff Patterson January 27, 2013, 4:16 PM

      Thanks John for the recommendation.

      If it helped you with your nasty tile grout then others might want to give it a try.

      Good to know that we’ll have to reseal the grout after using this product.

      You should have taken some pictures so we could have seen how bad the floor was when you moved in :)

  • Rachael McCauley February 6, 2013, 12:57 PM

    Hi Jeff,

    I didn’t read all the responses so maybe someone already suggested this but my mom has a regular cleaning person and she shared this trick. The best thing for stubborn grout stains is Lysol or Chlorox toilet cleaner. It’s great because its a gel so it does a good job of not just running down the drain. It does have the potential for staining effects and health concerns. I’ve used it for the past few years and it works like a charm. If it’s really terrible just put it on the night before and scrub/rinse the next day. We moved into an older home and one shower was seriously hideous. I used the Chlorox one for a while and it only went so far. Then I switched to Lysol and it reacted to this orange layer of some kind of hard water build-up and it disappeared forever more! Good luck!

    Rachael

    • Jeff Patterson February 6, 2013, 1:11 PM

      Great ideas Rachael!!

      Sounds like really tough stains need the Lysol toilet cleaner.

      Hopefully your hideous bathroom is now looking better :)

  • Dwight February 7, 2013, 10:59 AM

    The best method I have used is a steam cleaner, initial investment is high, but it doesn’t use chemicals at all and does a wonderful job, it’s actually kinda fun to use it to clean grout. We have a lot of tile and grout in our house, a good steam clean followed by a sealer works great.

    • Jeff Patterson February 7, 2013, 3:12 PM

      That’s great advice Dwight, thanks so much for sharing.

      What kind of steam cleaner do you use? Is it a brand that is affordable?

      • Stephanie April 21, 2013, 7:37 PM

        I have a steam cleaner – it was $60ish at Kohl’s – and it doesn’t do a darn thing for my grout. Maybe my grout is too far gone for steam cleaning? The steam is terrific for my kitchen backsplash (which is in great shape), bathroom fixtures (also good), and cleaning the grate in the grill.

        • Jeff Patterson April 22, 2013, 10:11 PM

          Stephanie, I’ve never tried a steam cleaner for grout. It sounds like there are mixed results and it could depend on how dirty the grout has gotten over time.

          • Angie April 27, 2013, 3:37 PM

            I have a Shark steamer that I use for most everything. I have parrots and chemical cleaners of ANY type are strictly forbidden. When I moved into my apartment I opened the shower doors to reveal the most funktastic layer of crud I had ever seen in my life. Seriously, I wasn’t sure if I should attempt cleaning or just cordon off with police caution tape and call it a loss. Remembering my Nana telling me about the super powers of white vinegar, I grabbed a bottle and filled it with warmed white vinegar and some lemon juice, sprayed onto my tile and grout, let stand for about 10 minutes, and then stormed in with my steamer like it was some sort of battle armor. I watched as years of someone else’s filth just washed down the drain.

            Parrots can be champion food-flingers. If it were an Olympic sport, I would be sharing my home with three gold medalists. There is nothing more pleasant than the sight of pomegranate or fresh beets being flung onto your tan walls and tan carpeting surrounding the cage. The vinegar/steamer combo has removed the toughest stains from my walls and carpeting…even the ever dreaded papaya skidmark. Note: do not walk barefooted around a ginormous parrot cage without paying close attention to what you will inevitably step/slide on.

          • Jeff Patterson April 27, 2013, 3:45 PM

            Lol, thanks for the warning Angie. These are greats tips: the usefulness of a steamer and preparedness when dealing with parrots :)

            White vinegar is pretty amazing stuff!!

        • Rich August 12, 2013, 2:09 PM

          i agree, stephaine. even used vinegar in the steamer, NOTHING.

  • Judy Gillespie April 4, 2013, 9:49 AM

    Have you ever used Tilex? I used it on my tile in the bathroom and it brought it back to look like new. I did use a scrub brush in the areas where the grout was darker. Worked great!!

    • Jeff Patterson April 4, 2013, 9:51 AM

      We have Judy, but it really irritates my wife’s asthma. Tilex is a great product and certainly does a fantastic job of cleaning tiles :)

  • susie April 13, 2013, 8:00 PM

    Hey y’all!!! I just had tile with white grout installed in all of my bedrooms and bathrooms. I have four cats and two dogs so the carpet had to go. Anyway, I read somewhere that an enzymatic cleaner applied to the grout line and then covered in Saran Wrap until dry works wonders to bring back the white. And thankfully, it works!!! I have to sometimes reapply the cleaner and Saran but usually within 24 hours, the stain is gone. And there is ZERO elbow grease used. I’ve also had great results with straight vinegar. This application has worked well with any stain that has come up.

    • Jeff Patterson April 13, 2013, 8:05 PM

      Thanks Susie for the great tips.

      Can you remember the brand name for the enzymatic cleaner so that we can try it?

      • susie April 13, 2013, 8:11 PM

        It is for pet stains, Nature’s Miracle.
        But vinegar has worked too and NOT just for pet stains. Any area that I’ve wanted to whiten up has so far responded. I do have a question, too. Do you think that I would have to reseal areas that had straight vinegar on them?

        • Jeff Patterson April 13, 2013, 9:11 PM

          Susie, thanks for providing Nature’s Miracle name.

          Sealing depends on what kind you used before and how long it’s been since the last application. Read the directions of your sealer and see what it says.

          Our sealer says to reapply every year.

          • susie April 13, 2013, 9:42 PM

            Thanks, Jeff.
            I LOVE your blog.

          • Jeff Patterson April 13, 2013, 9:43 PM

            Awwww, thanks Susie :)

          • susie April 13, 2013, 10:04 PM

            You are so welcome.

  • Crystal L April 19, 2013, 10:59 PM

    I just wanted to say I would recommend applying a smount of oxyclean directly to the stained area, put a rag that is good and wet over the oxyclean and let sit. I don’t know how long, how ever long your comfortable waiting as you will have to do small patches at a time. The longer the better as long as your rag doesn’t dry all the way, then scrub. I don’t guarantee it will work but I can promise you this-it is the only way to remove chocolate ice cream stains from white clothing so I give it a LOT of credit!

    • Jeff Patterson April 22, 2013, 10:15 PM

      Whoa, chocolate ice stains!! That’s enough to get me to try your method. Thanks Crystal for sharing :)

      P.S. I love chocolate anything

  • Sherrie Graeter April 19, 2013, 11:51 PM

    I just want to say that I have tried a couple of these solutions for cleaning my grout, thank you for the tip! For future reference the only grout I will be using will be dark! LOL

    • Jeff Patterson April 22, 2013, 10:13 PM

      I hear ya Sherrie. Dark grout all the way :)

      • susie April 23, 2013, 7:39 PM

        I know that everyone wants to look at tile that looks spanking new. But at least with the white, the grunge makes you think about the germs lurking within, no? Maybe that’s how I rationalize my very hard to keep clean grout choice :-(

  • diana April 21, 2013, 2:10 PM

    When you regrout your tiles, don’t forget to use grout sealant, it will also make it watertight and and prevent mold and mildew, and what’s not. many homes does not have the grout sealants, and which they should have especially there’s water involved. You can get them at home depot or other hardware stores that sell tiles and supplies.

  • Matt Michel June 2, 2013, 6:15 PM

    After seeing the comments I figure I’d just explain and solve all grout discolorjng for everyone. Grout discolor happens because it soaks through the grout all the way through. No cleaner, steam or anything will solve this discoloring when it has soaked through. Options are regrouting, which isn’t that expensive, or a little trick I picked up over the years is to simple rub sandpaper over the grout lines” that’s if it hasn’t soaked through” or you can stain the grout lines by simple using a water base paint, or they have specific paint just for grout. Hope this has helped.

  • Sara June 11, 2013, 1:52 PM

    I found that using white vinegar works amazing as well! However sometimes you really have to scrub away! Has anyone tried Javex? That stuff works crazy-well!

  • susie June 12, 2013, 5:27 PM

    Hey, Jeff! I just got a tip on how to maintain white grout from a guy in the plumbing department at Home Depot. I’m not sure how he got there because his history is in tile installation. He said to mop the floor two times a month with a 50:50 mixture of bleach and water. And DON’T air dry it. If u do it more frequently it will yellow the grout. I tried it and will say that the smell is overwhelming, so opening the windows and making fast work of it is a must. And it takes a few days for that bleachy smell to dissipate. Time will tell if it works.

    • Jeff Patterson June 17, 2013, 6:37 AM

      Susie, thanks so much for your tip. I love learning about new ways to keep the house (especially bathroom areas) clean. Please let me know how it works for you. I guess you probably use a towel or wet/dry vac to suck up the excess moisture?

      • susie June 17, 2013, 11:55 AM

        Hey, Jeff, from ultra muggy TN!

        The fantastic part about this maintenance ritual is that you DON’T dry the floor. I consider it soggy after I guess,”swab”, the floor. I just leave a fan blowing on it and let the mixture soak in and slowly air dry. It really doesn’t take long.

        I would recommend keeping the pets out. They wil track the bleach mixture onto your couch or carpet.

        The results are like new grout!

  • Sarah July 7, 2013, 1:06 AM

    Oxy-grout (not oxiclean, but a natural product you can get from various websites) is awesome! I kid you not. You can actually SEE the dirt coming out of your grout.

    • Jeff Patterson July 7, 2013, 8:46 PM

      Thanks Sarah for the great product tip. It sounds like you’ve had fantastic results with Oxi-grout and if that’s the case it would be worth a shot.

  • judith wichhart July 27, 2013, 2:13 PM

    I use the Works for showers. so easy. May need a little scrubbing if you have a build up. After that just a spray and wipe down weekly.

  • Shayla August 1, 2013, 5:11 PM

    I used lime away toilet cleaner and a scrub brush and toothbrush. I put it in the grout lines and let sit till I had all grout filled and started scrubbing with the scrub brush. When I finished scrubbing I let it sit 10 mins. Rinsed and any spot that it didn’t work I repeated with a toothbrush. Works amazing.

    • Jeff Patterson August 3, 2013, 9:37 AM

      Hi Shayla,

      Thanks so much for you tutorial, sounds like it will totally work. Plus, using the toilet cleaner saves a bit of money versus buying a separate product. Sweet.

      Jeff

  • Edna Friedmann August 6, 2013, 12:43 PM

    Try using Mr Clean Magic Eraser.

  • Faireka August 13, 2013, 9:32 PM

    Any tip on how you clean the grout on the used tile so one can use that tile again?

    • Jeff Patterson August 13, 2013, 10:27 PM

      Hi Faireka,

      You can try the OxiClean mixed according to the directions and see if that works. There are also a ton of suggestions in the comments. See which one you think might work :)

      Jeff

  • stevie D. August 16, 2013, 12:43 PM

    I use Chlorox bleach mixed with water in a spray bottle and spray it on the tiles and grout and let it dry. The grout turns white! Last about a month. Nothing else works as well and as cheap. Just vent the room for a few hours. No mask necessary in my case. One part bleach to 5 parts or so of water. Good luck! Steve

    • Jeff Patterson August 17, 2013, 9:52 AM

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for your formula, that’s super helpful. I’d totally use your tip if my wife didn’t have asthma (bad genes). But I’ll do this for my rental properties. :)

      Jeff

  • C C Garrason, Jacksonville, FL August 18, 2013, 9:20 PM

    Does anyone know if Resolve carpet cleaner will harm grout?

    Of all the methods I have tried on small test lengths of grout in my ceramic kitchen tile it cleans the best and fastest.

    Haven’t been able to get an opinion on the possible long-term effects if any.

    • Lissa September 9, 2014, 3:13 PM

      I recently tried resolve carpet cleaner on my grout/tiles and it works…….but I am also wondering what the long term effect are.

      • Jeff Patterson September 15, 2014, 7:51 PM

        Great question Lissa. I don’t know the answer but you could call the company and ask them if they have any answers.

  • Ashley August 31, 2013, 1:09 AM

    Scrubbing power is often more important than cleanser power. I like for things to be very clean with little chemical presence and with minimal effort. Some brain storming lead me to making a drill scrub brush. I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this. Total cost was about $2.50. I wouldn’t use bleach with it as it will splatter, but oxy clean worked great. Drill hole in round scrub brush, screw in a bolt and fasten with a lock washer and hex nut. I used a 3/8″. Insert into drill. Destroy grime in one of the manliest ways possible. Laziness is the mother of invention.

    My kitchen floor grout is amazing! And it allowed me to do as little work as possible. I’m 9 month pregnant and my little life hack allowed me to clean my entire kitchen floor!

    • Jeff Patterson September 2, 2013, 9:42 PM

      Hey Ashley,

      This is seriously am awesome idea!!! Thanks for sharing. Do you have a picture of your setup? I think others might like to try it.

      And congrats on being a mom!!

      Jeff

  • Gina September 19, 2013, 11:03 PM

    I was wondering if you have put Borax to the test against mildew. I have used it on multiple surfaces including the grout I the shower. I make a paste, scrub it in, and let it sit while I clean the rest of the bathroom. I don’t time the “sitting”, just wipe and do a quick rinse when I get back to the shower. I have grout that is porous instead of the latex or nice smooth stuff in most tile baths. (I feel the wise guy who put this kind of grout – think grout around a pool – needs to be visited by the mildew fairy on a daily basis!)

    • Jeff Patterson September 20, 2013, 10:53 AM

      Hey Gina,

      I’ve never used Borax but that’s all gonna change because of you!! Thanks so much for your tip because grout is a tough one to always keep clean. I’ll give it a shot on my next cleaning round :)

      Jeff

  • Jeanne September 26, 2013, 10:55 AM

    I’ve had some luck cleaning grout with a paste of bleach and baking soda, letting it sit there for five minutes, scrubbing it and rinsing. It does remove a lot of mold and mildew. I hate using harsher chemicals which have given me terrible rashes because I was dumb enough to not wear protective gloves.

  • renee October 17, 2013, 10:03 PM

    I used clr…and a toothbrush…almost like brand new grout..:-)

    • Jeff Patterson October 18, 2013, 10:30 AM

      Great job Renee. CLR is some strong stuff!!! But it gets results fast.

      Jeff

  • Donna October 19, 2013, 11:27 AM

    I have dark gray grout in my shower will these cleaning tips work for this as well? I don’t want to use one of these suggestions if it’s going to turn my grout white. All help is appreciated. Thanks.

  • Sallie October 28, 2013, 6:45 AM

    Once you get it clean…..the goal is to keep it that way. I use a product call Clean Shower on the wet walls every time I take a shower.. the bottle sprays a fine mist. I spray everything including the showerhead and curtain. I have very hard calcium and lime in my well water and I started using this product as soon as my new porcelain tile shower was installed. 6 months in and I have not had any mold growth, no calcium or lime deposits and the shower looks brand new.

    • Jeff Patterson October 28, 2013, 9:11 PM

      Thanks Sallie for recommending Clean Shower. We also have very hard water and the deposits can be a real pain in the rear end. Sounds like a great option for shower cleaning fanatics like us.

  • Lisa November 10, 2013, 10:09 PM

    Jeff,
    Did you ever try the dawn and vinegar mix on your shower tiles?

    • Jeff Patterson November 14, 2013, 1:57 PM

      Hey Lisa, I didn’t because I ultimately got them clean with the OxiClean. I also ended up removing all the grout and replacing it with epoxy grout. Man that was a chore but the grout looks great and needs very little scrubbing. But I think all the ideas in this post from the fans are awesome.

  • Leila November 11, 2013, 2:47 PM

    I read through all the posts and decided to try the vinegar and Dawn ( blue ) method of cleaning my shower tiles. I know I need to reseal them, but I have to clean them first. When you see the photos, please don’t judge…I have 4 boys that play muddy sports and a 70 yr. old claw foot tub with a lot of worn off enamel….I sprayed the mixture and let it set 2 hours as instructed.
    1 cup white vinegar heated for 90 seconds and added it to 1 cup blue dawn in a spray bottle. It really worked well to take the soap residue off the tiles and chrome, not so much on the grout. I scrubbed with a brush and rinsed with hot water. Then as others suggested I used toilet bowl cleaner ( I had Lysol max on hand ) others used clorox. I let that sit 20 minutes, and lightly scrubbed with a brush and rinsed. Pleased with the results, and off to buy the sealer. I will email the photos to Jeff to add, I don’t know how to add them here.

  • Vernell November 18, 2013, 12:45 PM

    Have you heard of Wet and Forte Shower cleaner? If so, what is your opinion

    • Vernell November 18, 2013, 12:47 PM

      Ooops – should be Wet and Forget Shower cleaner. Also, my kitchen counter was tiled but the man did not put sealer on it to our surprise. Now, the grout is going away on some areas. What is the best way to fix?

      • Jeff Patterson November 19, 2013, 5:25 AM

        Hi Vernell, the best way to fix this is to remove the crumbling grout and re-grout it. Sorry to hear you’re having this problem. Hopefully you know what kind and color of grout was used. That’ll make this project a lot easier.

    • Jeff Patterson November 19, 2013, 5:24 AM

      Hi Vernell, I actually did a post on Wet and Forget Shower and love it.

  • Connie November 20, 2013, 9:09 AM

    Jeff, I have rentals. Two products that have never failed me when cleaning.
    Quick n’ Brite. http://www.quicknbrite.com Have used it for 25 years. Great overall product. Bio safe. Then a really fast shower/tub/toilet stuff remover is CLR. I buy it by the gallon at Lowes. Give ‘em a test.

    • Jeff Patterson November 21, 2013, 5:49 AM

      Thanks Connie, I’ve never used Quick n’Brite but will give it a shot. I’ve got rentals as well. Fortunately the all my tenants are very clean but this will come in handy for my own house – LOL.

  • Ellen Montgomery December 8, 2013, 2:20 PM

    I’s so nice to find there are other persons in this world that want things to look nice and for the product we use to work and hopefully be safe. I will be checking your site and will be looking for word to sharing ideas. My kids call me the Mom who can get out everything ‘I only wish’ but I sure try. I am a single Mom with 3 grown kids and one grand baby who lives with me a great deal. So bring on the ideas and just maybe we can make fixing, mending and cleaning easier! PS I do ALL THE HOUSE REPAIRS TOO. In fact right now I’m painting. Have a Merry Christmas to all!

    • Jeff Patterson December 8, 2013, 4:01 PM

      Thanks so much Ellen for your wonderful insights. I hope you have a great holiday too!!

      It sounds like you have a wealth of knowledge. So please add your thoughts any time. I love learning new ideas every single day and hope that my fans enjoy and learn at the same time.

      Talk with you soon.

  • Walt December 12, 2013, 7:12 PM

    This method reminds me of something Tim Allen would do on his show, Home Improvement, but it worked very well. Last summer, I had my pressure washer out doing the outside of my house and for some reason I though I might try running a long hose through our bedroom window into the bathroom shower. With a bathing suit on I started with the lowest setting and worked my way up one step which worked well. Except for a couple of spots in two corners, it was all gone, no chemicals at all and not much of a mess. As a caveat, we have epoxy grout which is pretty tough and it was sealed as well. This might not work for everyone. Just thought I would throw it out.

    • Jeff Patterson December 13, 2013, 6:19 AM

      Thanks Walk for sharing your cleaning adventure. You’ve got some guts-LOL. My wife would have killed me if I had done the same thing. But admittedly I like your idea :)

      I eventually re-grouted this shower floor with epoxy grout. It was easier than I thought and I recommend it to anyone with grout problems.

      Make sure to tell me some more DIY stories, I like how you think!!

  • Sandy January 9, 2014, 4:37 PM

    Here’s a tip that worked for me. I did use Oxiclean powder mixing in a little water to make a paste. I had to let it set overnight as my renters really did a job on the house. Anyway it did work and it’s worth a try.

    • Jeff Patterson January 12, 2014, 3:05 PM

      Thanks Sandy. I love that stuff. It’s helped me clean tiles and make grout look like new. I really appreciate your tips ;)

  • Lei February 3, 2014, 6:45 PM

    You should try AWESOME it works on just about anything and on the toughest stains. Its harsh smelling but it works even on pee stains. And its only a $1.00at the dollar tree. No where else to be sold.

    • Jeff Patterson February 7, 2014, 3:07 PM

      Thanks Lei for your tip. I’ll have to check it out next time we’re at store.

      Sad to say, but pee stains are tough to get out. Although, I did manage to clean up a toilet seat using OxiClean. I dipped the edge of the seat into an OxiClean mixture with water and it did a great job.

      But thanks for the AWESOME tip.

  • Landa February 12, 2014, 6:40 PM

    Hello,
    Have you heard of Coat Of Armor Grout Solutions this is what it says on their website “All our products and cleaners have no harmful chemicals they are Water-Based and Bio-Degradable” I personally have not tried it but I am going to purchase the kit today, Hope it works!

    • Jeff Patterson February 16, 2014, 9:37 AM

      I haven’t heard of this product Landa.

      If you don’t mind please let me know how it works because this could be a neat product to try and share with everyone.

      Thanks so much for letting me know about it :D

  • Dee February 18, 2014, 4:44 PM

    I just finished cleaning my ceramic tiles & Grout with Fantastik with Scrubbing Bubbles using a scrub brush. Spray it on, scrub it in and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Wipe clean, and rinse with clean water.

  • Ann February 18, 2014, 6:31 PM

    I’m about to try some of the cleaning formulas suggested but wanted to know if anyone has tried these on COLORED grout. I have green grout to match to our tiles. The grout has white spots from the hard water, and recently developed mildew. I’m concerned that oxyclean will “bleach” the colored grout and that too much scrubbing will damage the grout.

  • KCH February 22, 2014, 12:17 AM

    In my 10 year plus battle with shower grout the only thing that gets shower grout to look like new is NEW GROUT. Bleach works for awhile (no dilution) but then it starts to yellow the grout. Basically what I’ve learned is that once it’s colored it’s done. Anything you do to try to clean it just destroys it more. Just read on a blog that you’ve got to dry your shower with a towel after each “wetting” to keep new grout looking clean. Good Luck!

  • zinco March 1, 2014, 7:08 PM

    Great site – Thanks everyone! Today I did a side by side comparison of quite a few methods, most recommended, some elsewhere. Lots of mildew, mold, and scum in an old shower with tiled walls, a glass block wall and tiled floor, so lots of grout! Mostly white, except the floor which is beige grout. For my purposes, I wanted something that would work within an hour or less, if possible (impatient? Maybe!). All applied, then used a toothbrush to rub them in (why so many old ones lying around??)

    Rank ordering of the results:
    1a Clorox Clean-up (has bleach) – a spray, quick to work and the whitest, cleanest results. This is weak bleach plus other materials. Odor was not overpowering like straight bleach, but definitely there .
    1b Blanco Cleaner (no bleach), it is a stainless steel cleaner and polisher, probably like Bar Keepers Friend, but in liquid form. This was very close to the Clorox, no bleach smell, easy to apply with a toothbrush and fast acting.

    2. Comet cleanser. Also very good, probably due to the bleach and abrasive, but less convenient to apply than the other two.

    3. Stainz-R-Out Grout Spotter — It has a dabber/scrubber atop the bottle which is supposed to help. But it actually makes it almost impossible to contact the grout due to the shoulders of the glass blocks, especially. When I squeezed some onto the toothbrush and applied it, it was pretty effective, but third place.

    4. Sunlight dishwasher powder. Fairly good, but not convenient.

    5. The vinegar & Dawn solution. Much worse than the others. Easy to use, worked fine of soap scum, glass, etc, but very little effect on the mould in the grout. NOt, not Blue Dawn, only had purple!)

    6.Same as the above but also added some bicarbonate of soda. This one was the most fun – reminded me of my daughter’s volcano experiment in grad school science project days! Great visual effects, but not so much on the cleaning.

    Hope this helps others! Thanks again!

    • Jeff Patterson March 2, 2014, 8:01 AM

      What a great summary!!! Thank you so much for sharing your hard work.

      I think this will totally help a ton of fans and certainly aid us all with our grout/mold issues.

      I’m so impressed, keep up the great work :)

  • Andrea March 8, 2014, 9:46 PM

    Hi
    Can you tell me how to clean grout, between white tiles Ina shower, that has been stained with pink hair dye?? Nothing is working
    It is a rented house, we need a cheap option

  • walt March 31, 2014, 8:34 AM

    I tried the bleach and it worked to some extent.

    I was at a home show recently and got a product called Bring It On Cleaner. It is sold by a company called touch of oranges canada. it worked great. It also worked for the soap scum on my glass shower doors

    Thought i’d come back here and let you know about it.

    • Jeff Patterson March 31, 2014, 7:18 PM

      Thanks Walt for letting us know about Bring It On. That’s really cool.

      Do you know if it can be bought at the store?

  • missi April 9, 2014, 4:07 AM

    baking soda and of course vinager. It works great.

    • Jeff Patterson April 16, 2014, 4:59 AM

      Thanks Missi :)

      • abbii April 29, 2014, 12:05 PM

        We have just put in a new bathroom complete with tile and grout on the walls because my husband thought it would make for better resale down the road. He put some kind of grout protector in the grout before he layered it. We wipe it down with a squeegee (getting old and it has only been a week!!) each time but my question is what can I use to keep it clean and white that won’t strip any of the good stuff out of the grout? Would the Dawn Vinegar mix work as an every week cleaner? Or is there something not toxic that is better?

  • mona cicciarella April 27, 2014, 9:41 PM

    I use vim with bleach and a dollar store scrub brush works great clean grout like new

  • George June 8, 2014, 6:26 PM

    Hi,
    I tried everything including the super tile cleaner from Loew’s, but it was with the two cups of powdered Oxiclean in a gallon of hot H2o that did a great job of removing all the darkened soap stains from all the tiles and grout in our shower floor. It took about a two hour time period with intervals of scrubbing with a wooden scrub brush on a pole and rewetting with the mixture about every 15 minutes. It looks as good as it did 5 years ago when it was brand new. Thanks for not only a great solution, but for a solution that really works great.

    • Jeff Patterson June 8, 2014, 8:16 PM

      That’s fantastic George, thanks for letting me know about your success. It’s takes a bit of elbow grease but the results are unparalleled.

  • Liz June 15, 2014, 9:32 PM

    Hi, I was looking for tips on how to get shower tile clean but my tiles are on the walls so I couldn’t use your method since such a solution would simply not “sit” on the tiles. However, I wanted to share my method of getting the grout clean in between the tiles.
    I mix baking soda with bleach. Ratio about 4:1 so I get a paste. It’s not rocket science, I just mix it until I feel that it’s thick enough not to run off but not too thick to make it difficult to apply. I then cover the grout with it and let it sit overnight, about 24 hours.
    I then scrub with a wet small wire brush and it comes out white.
    I have looked for something for a long time and I found this tips on the internet somewhere and figured I’d try it. I was amazed at the result. It’s the only method that has really worked to clean up at least 5 years worth of discoloration.
    I also use it on the discolored caulking between the tub and the walls but of course I use a soft brush in that area. It doesn’t come out as good but it’s sure a lot better than before.

  • Judie S June 19, 2014, 10:56 AM

    Hi, Jeff!
    Love, love,love the help and suggestions! You have great…commenters!
    I have more of a preventative idea we used for flooring, but could relate to bathroom and kitchen tile. Years ago I was watching a TV show where they were showcasing a lady’s house in Arizona where the dirt is that beautiful red color. She had tile floors and the grout she had put in was the exact color of the red dirt. I never forgot her quote: “Use grout that is the color of dirt.” It’s such a time and energy saver!!
    About five years ago we had slate floors put in (real slate, not manufactured…lots of different shades natural colors). I picked grout that is “the color of dirt,” a medium gray color. They sealed the floor with an oil-based sealer. Looks great. Easy to clean. Not worried about the gray ever getting darker in some areas because it would blend right in.
    On the other hand, we had epoxy grout put in in our tiled kitchen counters. We have big tiles with small grout lines. Even epoxy grout gets dirty because the grout sits the smallest fraction of an inch below the tiles and is not perfectly smooth. I’m going to try the Oxi Clean and blue Dawn on concoction on the tiles with a brush. Unfortunately, I didn’t get “grout the color of dirt” because I was told epoxy grout doesn’t stain. It does, however, get dirty over time. Thankfully, my tile is a sort of mottled beigy, grayish, pale brownish color, so the dirty grout blends in with the tiles (the tile is prettier than my description).
    Just remember, “grout the color of dirt.”
    P.S. As an aside, oil-based sealer for a slate floor is more expensive and apparently sold in smaller quantities than water-based sealer, but the end result is worth it. We compared two 4’x4′ patches on the floor. The oil-based sealer added a richness and depth to the floor that the water-based sealer couldn’t touch. I imagine oil based lasts longer, too.
    Thanks again for all you do!

    • Jeff Patterson June 19, 2014, 7:16 PM

      Judie, thank you so much for your comment.

      I love the idea of getting a grout color the same as dirt, it would help out a lot with cleaning.

      Thanks also for your suggestion about the oil based sealer. I love oil based products because they are so resilient and last a long time. And a lot of questions come up with regard to slate. So this is perfect.

      Keep me posted on your progress :)

  • crystal June 28, 2014, 2:03 AM

    The miracle I have found to clean grout was a cheap toilet bowl cleaner called The Works . $1.50 a bottle . All the dirt foams up from grout an wipes up. Smell is a bit strong an use gloves. But I have been amazed. Please dont try this on fine line grout but the bigger floor tile grout.

    • Jeff Patterson June 28, 2014, 5:23 AM

      Thanks Crystal, I’ve seen other people recommend The Works as well. It’s helped clean their grout as well.

      I stayed away from it because of the strong odor, my wife has really bad asthma. The other concern I had was how it would react with the tile.

      But there’s no reason not to test it on a small section of tile and grout :)

  • Robert Johnson August 15, 2014, 4:03 PM

    A pumice stone will remove the stains easily.

  • Lorraine August 21, 2014, 10:58 AM

    I cleaned stained bathroom floor grout with a stuff brush and a tube of Crest complete ‘extra whitening’ toothpaste. Just added a dollop as needed to grout lines and gave a good scrub. Immediate results. Smelled good too. Try it!

    • Jeff Patterson August 23, 2014, 10:58 AM

      Great job Lorraine. Thanks for sharing this tip because its super simple and doesn’t cost a ton of money. I think it’ll help a ton of people :)

  • Pat Gaudreau August 21, 2014, 11:28 AM

    Hi Jeff and everyone who wants to clean their grout,
    I also have tried everything on the store shelves that promise to clean my grout including an acid wash. Needless to say nothing worked enough to make my grout look consistently clean and the same color throughout until one day I was cleaning my stove top with a white magic bar and I thought why not give it a try on my kitchen floor grout. Here is where the angels sing, the rainbow is above my house and the birds are singing a beautiful song….the magic bar truly worked like magic! My grout looks brand new. You will go through quite a few so buy a dozen or more (they are inexpensive and worth it). Wet the bar and scrub the grout. I did it in sections and had a clean bucket of water and sponge which I used to wipe off the dirt and whatever chemicals are in the magic bar. Once the grout dries it looks great. But you are not done yet. You must seal your now clean and dry grout with grout sealer. Home Depot and Lowe’s sell a sealer that comes in a bottle with a brush on the top. I use a steamer at least once a week to wash my floor and I now only have to deep clean my grout once a year using the process above.

    • Jeff Patterson August 23, 2014, 10:52 AM

      Whoa, I’m willing to give this a shot Pat. Are you referring to a magic eraser or is there a different product? I’d love to know since you obviously got out of this world results.

      Thanks so much for sharing this :)

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