Sunday, March 16, 2014

'Talking Dirty' or How I Clean Grout

I start by mixing up a batch of my
cheap and easy cleaning formula.
Step into my laboratory.....
DIY Cleaning Formula
1/2 C rubbing alcohol
1 T ammonia ( I like lemon)
1 T liquid dish soap
1 QT water
Mix all ingredients in a large spouted
mixing bowl. 
Pour into a saved spray bottle.
 Back to the grout. Grrrrr! Not a fun job.
 Spray the formula along the grout lines and
 let it "work" for about 5 minutes.
 I do a long section at a time.
Then scrub, scrub with a grout brush.
Wipe off as you go.
 When you get tired, pass the baton!
Husbands like fast results like this.
Yuk! dirty grout!
Yeah! Clean grout! 
This stuff works great.
You can also screw a broom handle 
to a narrow scrub brush for the large areas.
I found the brushes at Home Depot.
I do one area at a time.
Grout didn't get dirty in one day and 
it's not all getting clean in one day either!
It's been a while since I did this. 
The last time I still had my full 'staff',
my precious pups. Princess, Lucky,
and Lucy (She's still here).
Are we done yet?
Yes, for today! Let's go for a walk!

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  1. Where did you get that brush?!! I want one! I have used your formula and it works better than any other but when we bought our house, I don't think the grout had ever been cleaned. I ended up using a paint product and am happy with the results but since I am 73, getting down on floor and getting up is not easy. I truly would like to know where you purchased that brush.

  2. The tiles in our kitchen have a dark grey color and the newly cleaned grout really stands out now. Never thought these contrasting colors would compliment each other so well.

  3. I have to save this!! Thanks for sharing! I'd like to know where you got the brush too. These old knees do not like tile flooring!! :)

  4. Hi Rita, my grout is begging for this, and my knees are pleading with me, too! I am going to do this, a little section at a time. Always love your posts! Somehow, I did not see this one until I clicked for the link! xo

  5. Good idea!
    Greetings from Holland!
    with love,

  6. You're doing well with what you've got. Most of us know how tough that kind of job gets sometimes, with the mess persisting and not staying away. Most especially in matters of grout, which not only sticks to tiles but to roots into the edges as well; thus, being a wrenching kind of work. Thankfully, with the right equipment and service, those can all be waived away such that you can barely notice it having been a problem.

    Veronica Newton @ Dry First

  7. I agree. Grout cleaning is really a tough task, especially when the dirt is already stuck deep in it. Anyway, it’s good that you discovered this solution. It definitely helped you a lot. Cheers!

    Nathan Riley @ Steemer Atlanta

  8. Amazing! Without knowing about that, grout cleaning would be as tough as we expect it. That DIY cleaner is absolutely effective, indeed. I can't wait to try that out. Thanks for sharing that, Rita! Kudos and all the best to you!

    Courtney Morris @ Onyx Cleaning