I LOVE the way that tile looks in a house, but I have always preferred vinyl because it is so much easier to clean…but I may just have to change that opinion because,
I just found the easiest and cheapest way to clean grout that I have ever heard of!
The best part is that it is cheap and chemical free. That to me is a win/win…hello, a cheap and non-toxic way to clean grout, it is more than worth sharing with all of my readers too.
When I bought my house a while back, I was pretty overwhelmed at the thought of needing to defunk the grout of so much tile…I’d say that my house is about 60% or more tile which equates to about 900-1000 sq ft of tile.
My back was already aching at the thought of having to scrub for hours upon hours to get the grout back to looking good again and that’s if elbow grease even would work…
Luckily, I asked my followers on Facebook, for suggestions and I tried most of them one by one and I was still about ready to give up and just hire it out… until I remembered a suggestion that was offered by my friend, and long-time follower, Courtney.
Hate to tease you, lol, but I thought that before I shared with you this awesome tip, I would share links to five of my other cleaning posts that you need to check out too!
- The Painless Way To Wash Walls
- How To Remove Grease Stains From Clothes (even after it has been through the dryer)
- How To Refresh Dark Wood In Minutes
- Second-Hand Mason Jar Cleaning Regimen
- How To Clean A Stainless Steel Sink Like A Pro
Now back to learning How To Clean Grout With Water (the cheapest and easiest way to clean grout).
Courtney had said that she had heard of people using straight boiling water to clean their grout. Really? Just boiling water? So I gave it a shot as my last resort before hiring a cleaning service.
Of course the best tip was the last one I tried, because I just didn’t think that something as simple as water could work…
But hey, if I could successfully and easily kill ants with water (read that post here), then why can’t it be used as the ultimate cleaning tool?
Anyway, I thought I would give you guys a little tutorial and offer you some tips that I’ve discovered while cleaning my grout this way… ie, break down the learning curve for you a little bit.
Really, that’s all you’re going to need. One full kettle and one towel should be enough to do a small room or hallway.
Set your water on to boil and you need to get it to a rolling boil to get the best results.
Pour a generous amount of boiling water along the grout lines, I poured a bit more that you’d really need in that picture above, but that was so you could actually see the water when I took the picture.
Then take a scrub brush and gently scrub in a circular motion along the grout line.
The key to this working it to work quickly so that you are scrubbing while the water is still very hot, as the heat tends to release the grime with minimal elbow grease.
Work 6-10″ at a time, scrub and move on. That may sound like it would take forever, but it goes really quickly.
When you are done scrubbing a section, use a towel and wipe up the water along the grout lines.
To show you how big of a difference it is making as I go, I let this section dry, after I cleaned it, so that you all could get the full effect…isn’t that nuts?
I think it’s quite an insane difference and I can hardly believe that it was virtually free and painless to get it looking so good.
I did the whole hallway floor once and wasn’t completely happy with it, so I did it again the next day.
You won’t know your real results until the grout has had time to dry out, so I recommend doing this once or twice and then let it dry before you decide whether or not you need to repeat.
I was WAY HAPPIER with the way it looks after doing it twice. This section of my hallway only took about 8-10 minutes each time I did it… like I said before, it goes quickly.
So that you don’t have to scroll all the way back up to the top to see the before and after again, I thought I would show you them side by side so you can see just how big of a difference it really makes using nothing but water to clean my grout.
I am so grateful to have found a way of cleaning grout that doesn’t leave me practically crippled the next day because I spend maybe 1/4th as much time scrubbing on the floor as I did with every other cleaning method that I’ve heard of.
I have a bad back, so the less time I spend on the floor on my hands and knees, the better.
*A few things to note before you get started on your own floors. *
Be careful not to burn yourself…that may be common sense, but I thought that I would throw that out there.
Also, I do not recommend doing this to tile that is damaged or has grout that it cracking, as the water could seep down and damage your floors further. Please only do this to tile that is in good shape.
I personally think that grout, in a home that gets cleaned regularly, should really only need to be deep cleaned to this level two to four times per year and I would just spot clean the grout in between those deep cleanings and mop normally in between.
I think that sometimes we go overboard on cleaning and it can wear things out long before they should have, so I am basically just recommending that it be done on an as needed basis, not as part of your regular daily or monthly cleaning routine.
It may be a good idea to seal your grout after you have done this and let it dry…it would greatly lengthen the times between when you need to deep clean it this way.
Also, just thought I’d mention that if you’re worried about damaging your tile by doing this, then either attempt it in an inconspicuous “test” area of tile, before you do your whole floor, or just don’t do it. I personally have had great results and no damage to my tile and I started cleaning my grout this way, in sections, over a year ago.
That’s about all I have to say on the matter, so take my advice or leave it, but that is my two cents.
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Here are five of my other posts that you may also like(the pics are links):
*Reposts: Please note that this idea/post was originally posted to this website on 02/02/2018 but it was in great need of a refresh so it now is more user friendly/shareable.