Firstly, consider what products you have tried to clean the grout. Sometimes the usual bathroom cleaners just don’t cut the mustard so you may need to try something more specific.
There are many professional grout cleaning products available.
Lithofin have one called KF Grout cleaner. It restores grout to its original colour and is solvent free, leaving the grout lines hygienically clean and it is ideal for a kitchen and/or bathroom.
For an even more budget friendly option, there are some great home remedies too.
- Try mixing epsom salts with washing up liquid.
Apply the salty detergent and give it a good scrub.
Others (we haven’t tried these ourselves) but could be worth a try are:
- Neat white vinegar. Apply it and leave a good amount of time before scrubbing with an old toothbrush to really work it into the lines. Rinse off with water
- Oven cleaner (could be messy)
- Sanding with fine sand paper.
If you really need a new start because it is beyond all cleaning help, re-grouting is your best option.
It’s much cheaper than a complete re-tile and it really can transform the place.
You could even consider using a different colour grout to contrast with what you have.
Grey is a great colour to avoid the dirty look altogether.
You will need:
- Grout rake tool (widely available at DIY stores)
- Hoover/dust pan and brush to clean out the grout lines
- Damp cloth/sponge to wipe down before re-grouting
- Gloves (optional)
Using the grout rake tool, rake out the old stuff. Work carefully and patiently with the grout rake to avoid chipping the adjacent tiles whilst you scrape the old grout out. You can give it some vigour, just make sure you stay on the lines. It gets easier as you go as more of a dent in the grout you are removing appears.
After a good hoover up and clean of the grout lines, you can grout it all again.
If you have a large area, doing it by hand may be very time consuming and needs a lot of elbow grease.
You can get a multi tool with a grout removal attachment and use it taking extra care so you don’t damage the tiles either side or go too deep. The grout can be removed much quicker this way.
For the re-grouting, here is a quick video showing you how.
Grouting is the best bit of tiling…..so satifying!
Click here to watch the video Grout Video tips
After all this, using a grout sealer might be a good idea to avoid any future dirt build up. There are plenty on the market, most are aerosols that you simply spray on to the grout and then leave to dry.
Here’s one you might consider.
Once you have removed the grout this is the best way to remove the tiles as well if that is your project, it makes removing the old ones much easier, especially if just one needs to come out due to cracking etc.
I once revamped a bathroom by just removing the old fashioned border tiles and then replacing them.
I removed the grout to help remove the tiles without damaging any of the others and transformed the place. Saved a fortune too!
Hope that’s filled you with confidence about making that grout gleam again and can put an end to those grout cleaning nightmares!
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