Clean Your Tile Grout Before the Holidays
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Posted By
Abby DeHart
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Monday, November 13, 2017
Cost
Low
Experience
Newbie
Time
Medium
Materials Needed: 
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup peroxide
  • 1 tablespoon Dawn
  • Toothbrush/Scrub Brush
  • HomeRight SteamMachine
Before 
After 

Project Steps

Intro

With the holidays coming up, I think many of us are trying to get our houses in order...I know we're in the middle of a bathroom remodel right now that I'd love to get done before Christmas. But even if you're not knee deep in construction, you probably are making your To-Do-List of chores to get done before company arrives. One of my biggest chores that I probably don't do enough is tackling my tiled kitchen floors. It's SO much work to deep clean your floors and today I want to show you how you can make a DIY Tile Grout Cleaner and get your kitchen and/or bathroom floors sparkling before the holidays!

Step 1

Recipe for Grout Cleaner (may want to double or triple for large areas):

**test a small/hidden area of grout before using on your floors to ensure that it doesn't discolor/bleach colored grout**

3/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup peroxide

1 tablespoon Dawn

In a bowl, mix together baking soda, peroxide, and Dawn soap. Use a toothbrush or a nylon brush to apply the mixture onto the grout. Apply it evenly for a uniform look.

Step 2

Let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with a small amount of warm water (floors will be wet). Use a rag to wipe up the mixture, gently scrubbing as you go.

Step 3

Finish by using your HomeRight SteamMachine to mop the floor thoroughly. I used a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil in my steam cleaner to give it a nice scent and a little extra cleaning power.

Step 4

I'd recommend steaming the floor twice after doing this. There definitely a "grit" to the mixture that will remain on the tile if not wiped off well. 

The Before and After photos are completely unedited (other than the words on them). You can tell the overall color of the tile lightens because the tile is clean, but the grout definitely improved too (some areas still need some extra TLC). I especially liked how much better the center tile looked...I gave it a good scrubbing and the grout is much more noticeable now! 

It's amazing what a good scrubbing can do to change the look of your floor. Even after scrubbing the first time, I noticed that my steam machine's pad was still brown after washing the second time, so the steam machine was an especially important step.

The best thing about the HomeRight Steam Machine is that you can use it for so many other things, like cleaning patio cushions!

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