Imhoff Homesteads :: Easy + Cheap Grout Cleaner

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tell me I am not alone!  But seriously, how does grout get SO DIRTY - soooo fast?!  If you're like me, those high traffic areas on your tile are HARD to keep clean.  Especially when you have kids and dogs.  It's almost impossible!  

We are huge fans of using a professional to come in twice a year and REALLY clean all our tile floors [kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, etc.], but in between those times, our tile gets just plain gross! It's not easy keeping a clean house 24/7, but when it comes to grout, we have by far found the easiest and cheapest way to keep our floors looking brand spakin' new!

With a little it of elbow grease, you're tile floors can look like they did they day you moved in! I've put together a small tutorial below to show you step-by-step how easy it is to clean your grout!

Here's a before and after of our tile floors ... embarrassing!  But cleaning this grout only took me 20 mins total in my kitchen!  It's incredibly fast results is what this 'un-patient' mom prefers!

Our kitchen floors took nothing!  20 mins flat, so with all our extra time, I thought I would start on our bathroom floors!  Who knew this was SO easy?!


1.  Make sure to TEST a spot.  I would hate for you to try this product and it NOT work.  Don't blame me ... I told you to test first! :)
2.  Select small areas at a time. It's easy with this Gel to just keep on filling in the grout ... DON'T.  This is still a strong blue gel, and if left on too long, could stain.  Do you really want blue grout?!  So start small.  I did mine in sections and didn't have a problem.
3.  Don't leave the gel on too long.  As soon as I applied to the grout, I filled a bowl with water and got started.  I only gave the gel about a minute to work. Any longer and I would have gotten nervous it could stain.
4.  Don't skip the water and brush step #4 .. just saying :)
5.  Allow to dry for a few hours before you really examine the tile.  For me, my tile took about 2.5 hours to really dry and look clean. You will freak out for a moment when it's drying and say "what have I done, it looks worse."  If you followed these steps AND tested, you will be super pleased with the outcome!

My title grout looked so good, when the hubs got home, he noticed it RIGHT away!  That's right ladies ... it's that good!

** I have real stone tile and grey-ish grout.  It did not stain or harm my floor in anyway.

Share your own photos ... I would love to see how it worked for you!!!

Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to clean your grout!  Let us know how your grout turns out!

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  1. I have been terrified to try this on my tile grout because of the possibility of staining, but I think you've got it figured out! I may do a test in my utility room this weekend and see if it'll work for us. Thanks for sharing on #TipMeTuesday

  2. Does this bleach the tile, too or just the grout?

  3. Hi Linda, thank you for your comment. My tile has been sealed, so it doesn't bleach. However, I have stone tile and there are natural divots in mine, and in these areas it does lighten and clean. Always test an area before using this method all over!!

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