Let me first start by saying .... if you're like me and these hard, manual tasks are daunting ... If I can do it ... so can you!!!
I have been in my home for over a year now. I have cleaned the kitchen floors weekly since moving in, however, the grout has NEVER been cleaned! Eeewww ... grosss ... yeah I totally know. But in all reality, I don't have time to sit there and scrub my floors until they sparkle. I was literally 2 seconds away from calling a company to come and clean the grout. It was getting bad. I mean, I have two dogs, two kids, and we use our kitchen like there is no tomorrow! I knew it had to be done, and that's why I was really curious when I read that you can use Lysol Gel Toilet Cleaner on your grout. Say whaaaa?? I know, I was just as curious as to how this worked as you! I jumped in the car and headed to the nearest CVS to see if it would work.
I'm a little hesitant when using products I have never used before on floors. I didn't want to stain them or ruin them in any way. There were two options to choose from. There was the Lysol Gel with Bleach and the Lysol Gel with Hydrogen Peroxide. I had read the bleach worked well, but honestly, I wasn't willing to try it. I get a little nervous about bleach. So I opted for the HP.
When I got home, I tested a small area under our back door rug, just to see what I was working with. To my surprise ... It WORKED! and with minimal effort ... [see above where I don't have a lot of time!] Below are the exact steps I took to make my grout sparkle like the day I moved in. If you have dirty grout ... don't be ashamed :) Do what I did!!
Okay ... so this is the exact product I used. I think I paid $3.75 for it at CVS. You can probably find a coupon ... but again ... WHO has the time?!!??!
1. Prep your floors. I swept my floors only. I didn't clean them at all, just used the hardwood floor vacuum.
2. Take your Lysol toilet gel and apply it to your grout. Like the photo below ...
3. Take a bowl of water and a brush [just a reg. ol scrubbing brush you have laying around] and dip it into the water and scrub the grout. You don't even have to scrub hard! Just enough so the blue gel turns white and bubbly.
4. Wipe away all the gel and water, and then refill your bowl. Again, scrub the grout using only water and get the access away and continue to dilute the tile and grout. [I don't know if this step is necessary, but I wanted to make sure I wasn't leaving the product on the title for too long, so I made sure to do this step each and every time.]
5. Wipe away and let the title DRY.
** The tile grout will look darker than when you started ... this is ok .. it's wet and needs to dry. [see photo below]
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!!!
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