Well, my kitchen floor is in serious need of some grout cleaning. I would rather clean my stove than clean the grout. And, I only clean my stove annually...if that!! So, you can imagine the germs lurking within the in-betweens of the tiles of my kitchen floor. So, I set out on a search for a recipe for a good homemade grout cleaner. I found one on Lowe's Home Improvement facebook page. The recipe is as follows:
7 cups warm water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/3 cup ammonia
1/4 cup vinegar
I mixed it up, got out my handy-dandy spankin' new grout cleaner brush (think giant tooth brush), and went to town. I generously used the concoction since it mixes up a large amount of cleaner. I let it set on the grout awhile after scrubbing. Let me tell ya, I scrubbed and scrubbed, and my brush definitely went through hell! The thing now looks like an excessively over-used toothbrush. After I was finished, I did notice a change, but not as much a difference as I had hoped for.
This is a lot of work, and I had hoped for a little more of a result without having to scrub so hard. Next time, I think I will use one of the recipes I found that utilizes bleach instead. Bleach would really eat at that grime a little more, in my opinion. If I did this recipe again, I would use less water -- maybe only five cups of water, as opposed to seven.
Here's my results:
|AFTER STEAM CLEANING FLOOR AFTER CLEANING GROUT|