Last week I decided to tackle a few projects that have been looming over me. We have ceramic tile in our kitchen and very light colored grout which I have grown to hate. This is what it looked like. I mop the floor several times a week with all the traffic that goes in and out of my kitchen, but the dirt on the grout just keeps building up.
I have cleaned it several times before and even had it color sealed a few years ago. And everytime it gets like this again. I wanted to find an inexpensive, homemade solution to clean it that would be as chemical free as possible. So I looked up different ways to do it and found a recipe for homemade grout cleaner that included salt, baking soda, and white vinegar. All you do is spread it on the grout, let it soak for 20 minutes and scrub it off. I used a toothbrush.
I started with a portion of the floor and it took a bit of elbow grease, but it did come clean. Then I realized I had a baking soda paste all over the floor that’s not that easy to clean up. After I got it all cleaned off, I looked around at the rest of the kitchen and thought about how long it would take to finish with that whole process.
Then I thought of the last time I cleaned it and used what my mom recommended, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. (Again, thanks Mom!) Last time (like 2 years ago) I ordered some generic ones from Ebay. This time I found packs of 2 at the Dollar Tree. You literally just wet and wipe, very little scrubbing involved and very little mess left behind. So much faster.
So, it does look much much better now, but all that cleaning revealed how chipped the grout is. That color seal job didn’t quite hold up like I thought it would. So I’m not sure what the next step is. But for now, we went ahead and sealed it again to help keep it clean while we figure it out.
What do you use to keep your grout clean?