I've talked about my grout cleaning adventures before, but since that post had some of the worst pictures every to grace blogland, I figured I owed you guys an update. Plus, after 5 years in this house, apparently it was time to re-seal some grout.
Our bathroom floors are light with almost-white grout. Well, the grout was originally almost-white. Over the course of 5 years and 2 dogs it was no longer very white at all. When the house was on the market I spent a fair amount of time on my hands and knees scrubbing away, but I never re-sealed it because I could never commit to being "done" cleaning it. This Fall I decided it was time.
Obviously, it was actually well past time to deal with this grout.
But before I could seal it the grout needed to be sparkly clean and almost-white again. I pulled out my trusty tools and spent a couple hours on Labor Day scrubbing away. Yes, a couple hours. It takes time. I cannot find a faster way to do it (if you have a faster way I would love to hear it!!). No, I have no life, which is why I spent my afternoon off scrubbing grout on my hands and knees.
I spray a couple seams with Method's bathroom cleaner and then start scrubbing with the big scrub brush. I'll go back over it with a toothbrush to do some fine-tuning, but I found I was going through way too many toothbrushes and not getting the results I wanted so I added in the bigger scrub brush. It also goes a teeny bit faster that way, which is a huge win.
After scrubbing my heart out, I wipe down the seam with a damp rag. This removes the excess cleaner/dirty water to prevent it from just soaking back into the grout.
When the rag is looking pretty filthy I rinse everything out and then get back to it. The whole bathroom probably took me a couple hours. Then I locked the dogs out to let everything dry for about 24 hours before sealing the grout.
The difference is pretty remarkable. And the difference in my mental happiness with clean grout is pretty incredible, too. Want to see the side-by-side? Of course you do.
And before you ask, Method, unfortunately, has no idea I exist and this is in no way a sponsored post. It's just that I've tried a bunch of different cleaners and Method is my favorite for getting grout sparkly clean again. In the interest of saving your knees and your toothbrushes, I thought I'd pass that finding along.
Now, this isn't a forever fix. I still have to scrub away at spots here and there, especially since we keep the dogs' water in the bathroom and they're constantly traipsing in and out with dirty paws. But over all it looks so much better. I love it.
Anyone else eternally waging ware with dirty grout? Or have you found a way to get it clean in less than 10 minutes? I would love to hear about that.