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Old 02-26-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Okay...I've put this job off as long as I can! Can anyone share any hints or stories about the best/worst methods or products to clean the grout??? Has anyone ever tried one of those handheld steam cleaners and are they worth it.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:00 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I just took a scrub brush and some bleach water to ours and it worked wonders.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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bleach here too.
I used softscrub with bleach. Only thing I noticed is if you get it on the tile it bleaches that part of the tile. So when I finished the edges of my tiles were clean and I had to go over them and re-do ALL of the tile.
Now I am careful to only do the grout or else just do all the tile too.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Ash Fork
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at one time i used hydrochloric acid . that did a super job. do not use unless you are experiened working with chemicals . fumes alone can knock you for a loop .
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:34 AM
 
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Vinegar and a scrub brush.
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Old 02-26-2008, 08:48 AM
 
Location: SA, TX
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Baking soda mixed with bleach. Make a paste and let it sit for a while. I used a scrub brush after mine sat for a while, but I was moving into a home that had been occupied by four college guys. It was pretty gross in the bathroom. Ventilation is an issue. The bleach smell can get pretty strong.
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Old 02-26-2008, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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Okay...I've put this job off as long as I can! Can anyone share any hints or stories about the best/worst methods or products to clean the grout??? Has anyone ever tried one of those handheld steam cleaners and are they worth it.

Hey, here it is.... now, I'm not kidding....

There is a product at the dollar stores, I think both Family Dollar and Dollar General sell it....
"Mean Green Mildew Stain Remover"

Discovered it when I bought my last house, in Ohio. The shower stall was ceramic tile, just FILTHY with crud, mildew, black looking crud even....
I was in the dollar store, found this stuff, and thought, 'why not?'.... for a buck-fifty what do I have to lose?

I sprayed it on, left the room intending to wait 15-20 min or so and planning on using a heavy scrub brush, one of those golden fleece scrubber cloths, you name it - I had it lined up ready to go....
went back in within 5 minutes to use the 'loo' and MY GAWD!!!!! My grout was SPARKLING white...
Took the handheld shower attachment, hosed everything down, was INCREDIBLE!!! Now I'm not KIDDING, get this stuff, you'll be amazed....

ETA... oh, and then... in my basement, I would develop black spots that looked like mold on the walls during the winter.... It looked really bad, but I had a guy from a 'mold removal/toxic removal' company come over, he tested it, said it wasn't the toxic black mold that I thought, and said I could safely remove it myself.... (as opposed to paying his company a few hundred dollars)...
I manned myself with heavy wire scrub brushes, and this stuff - I really really thought this stuff from the $ store wouldn't work on this: it was heavy looking and spread out a bit.... Had a guy friend come to help, went and bought some masks, tons of rubber gloves.... I sprayed this stuff on, thinking it surely would still need scrubbing, it looked so heavy.... We sprayed, went upstairs for a cup of coffee, went back down.............. ALL GONE.... completely....
I'm tellin' ya.... I ALWAYS have a bottle of it under the bathroom sink now.....
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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Wow Pops! You sound pretty convincing! In the past I've tried the SoftScrub/bleach methods, but nothing really gets it back to it's nice bright color. I've tried the bleach pens, those awful, green scratch pads, hours on the floor on my hands and knees with a scrub brush! Not gonna do that again! (Getting too old to get back up gracefully, if you know what I mean.) I think I'll try to find some of this miracle stuff! Thanks!
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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Hey, here it is.... now, I'm not kidding....

There is a product at the dollar stores, I think both Family Dollar and Dollar General sell it....
"Mean Green Mildew Stain Remover"
I just LOVE the Mean Green cleaner. I've never tried the mildew stain remover (but I will definitely be looking for it). I use another mean green cleaner and it is great. Be careful what you spray it on because I have taken paint off of things. I can't remember which one I use, I think it is the de-greaser. Great stuff. Thanks for the tip PGR.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Gosh, I wish I had know about this stuff when I was cleaning like a crazy woman to get my house in KY ready to put on the market! I spent hours going the Soft Scrub/bleach/scrub brush route and I can identify with feeling like and "old person" (hmmmm - I resemble that statement!) when I got up! I'm putting this cleaner on my list from now on! Thanks PGR!
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