Learn how to clean grout the easy way, and you’ll never have to crawl around the floor on your knees like a baby again!
When it comes to cleaning, I like to keep it basic. Toilets, kitchen sink, counters from time to time, the stove when it gets greasy and the occasional floor. You probably won’t catch me dusting unless I’ve been told to do so, and even then, I’ll be looking for a quick escape. But there are some things I don’t think I’d ever even think to clean.
Or the tops of fan blades.
When we moved into this house, I just assumed the tile was white and the grout was…well, kinda black, I guess. Yes, I saw that there were great variations in color, with the darkest grout found in the highest traffic areas and in front of the stove and the lightest grout found in the forgotten corners of closets. But my mind, perhaps sensing the truth of the matter and the implications held therein, decided to slide past what my eyes saw.
Those color variations were natural.
Those color variations were intentional.
What color variations?
I realized I was slipping into a sort of Orwellian doublethink on the matter whereby the grout color was both uniform and variegated, and its cause both natural and intentional.
Of course, this was madness. Deep down, somewhere within my messy and unkempt core, I must have known that the tiles that covered the vast majority of this house were interlaced with filthy, disgusting grout.
But as I said – admitting that would mean accepting the responsibility to clean them, and that was a dark door too frightening for my mind to open.
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So it’s a good thing I have my babes, because she has no qualms whatsoever seeing the filth and understanding what must be done to combat it. And as I have her, so she has me. She sees the problem, identifies a solution, issues remedial orders, and I carry out the orders to her satisfaction.
Thus I found myself with a bottle of grout cleaner in one hand, a scrub brush in the other and a look on my face that could only be described as, how the hell did this just happen?
But here’s the thing. If my babes is going to send me off to die in some foreign war on some forgotten floor, she’s at least going to equip me with the best damn weapons money can buy. She may expect a lot from this rented mule, but she does want him home in one piece for dinner each night – especially since this rented mule is cooking the dinner! So when she asked that I clean the grout (gah! – it has such a nasty ring to it!), she didn’t expect me to go down there armed only with bare knuckles and bravado. My babes did the research. She found an easy way to clean grout so her 50-year-old babes didn’t have to shuffle around the tiles, huffing and grunting like some sort of flabby, over-pressurized, steam-powered choo-choo train.
Madam, allow me to introduce you to Grout-Eez, the miracle grout cleaner that makes cleaning fun1!
1cleaning only guaranteed to be fun if you make your husband clean for you.
Okay, so here’s how it works: you squirt the solution on the grout, you wait 5-10 minutes, you scrub with the included brush (which screws onto any broom handle for easy stand-up cleaning), and then you wipe it off. Bada bing, bada boom.
Let’s have a closer look, and then you can kick back and enjoy the video I made.
First, you squirt – just enough to fill the grout canal. Note that Grout-Eez is a pretty powerful acid, so gloves and eye protection should be worn. I know I’m not wearing gloves. Look, just do as I say, not as I do, okay?
Then you wait. The instructions say 5-10 minutes, but we found 10 is better. What’s another 5 minutes when you’re having this much fun?
After 10 minutes (give or take), lightly scrub the grout with the included brush (pole not included). Grout-Eez does most of the work, but the scrubbing does help loosen the dirt and grime and makes it easier to wipe or mop away.
You can see how dirty the solution is. All that nasty crap was in the grout!
After scrubbing, just wipe up the excess – a damp microfiber towel works well for small areas or use a sponge mop for a whole floor. You’ll probably need to repeat this step to get all of the solution off the floor.
At this point, the grout looked much better, but because the grout was wet, it wasn’t showing as good as it would when dry. After 30 minutes, the grout was back to its original gray. Check out these before and after pics.
As far as cleaning difficult areas goes, cleaning grout with Grout-Eez has to rank as one of the most enjoyable, and it’s even more so if you make your S.O. do it while you kick back with a glass of wine!
I’ve already gotten a couple of questions about using Grout-Eez on vertical surfaces. I checked the manufacturer’s website, and here’s what they have to say:
How to clean your shower with GROUT-EEZ
- Apply Grout-eez to grout lines
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes ( May have to move it around a little as it will run down the wall
- Scrub with grout brush
- Rinse with shower head or wet towel
- Wait 24 hours to see final results and to seal your grout
Grout-Eez should never be used on stone tiles without first taping them off to prevent the acid from touching them. Acid + stone = etched stone. If you have marble tiles, I’d seriously think twice about using this product. It may not be worth the risk.
Now check out the little video I made and dream about how easy it will be to clean your grout!
In case you have trouble watching the video above, I also added the YouTube version after the Pinterest pin below.