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Keep Grout Looking New with Baking Soda

May 25, 2024

Keep Grout Looking New with Baking Soda

The Battle Against Dingy Grout

When I moved into my home in Nottingham over two years ago, I had no idea the war I was about to wage against the grout in my kitchen and foyer. The once bright white grout had turned into a dismal, dingy brown – it was so bad that I honestly thought I’d have to rip out the entire tile floor and start fresh.

I tried scrubbing it with every cleaning product under the sun, from harsh chemicals to natural homemade solutions. As the HGTV article mentioned, I went through bouts of elbow grease, a toothbrush, and even an electric cleaning brush, but nothing seemed to make a dent in the stubborn stains. I was about to throw in the towel when I stumbled upon a miracle in a bottle – Polyblend Grout Renew.

Grout Renew to the Rescue

At just £12 from the local Adam Cleaning store, Grout Renew ended up being the game-changer I desperately needed. The instructions were simple – mix it up, brush it on, and let it dry. And the results? Absolute perfection.

I was a bit skeptical at first, as the color on the bottle looked a tad peachy, but once applied, the soft gray hue blended seamlessly with my slate tile. The contrast was stunning – it was like I had a brand new floor! I couldn’t believe my eyes.

A Slow and Steady Process

Now, I’ll admit, the application process was not the quickest. It took me about 8 hours, spread out over 3 days, to complete the entire foyer. But considering I had already wasted countless hours scrubbing to no avail, this felt like a walk in the park.

I started in the half-bath, working my way out of the room so I could close the door behind me and let it dry undisturbed. The key was to work in small sections, carefully applying the Grout Renew and then quickly wiping away any excess on the tile before it set. It was a bit of a dance, but with a steady hand and some patience, I managed to get the job done.

Long-Lasting Results

The best part? It’s been almost two years since I applied the Grout Renew, and the grout still looks just as good as the day I finished. As the Back Road Bloom article mentioned, the product is stain and fade resistant, so I don’t have to worry about it looking dingy again anytime soon.

Sure, it took some elbow grease to get it applied, but the end result was more than worth it. I no longer cringe when I walk through the foyer, and guests are always amazed by the transformation. It’s proof that a little bit of effort can go a long way in reviving tired-looking grout.

Baking Soda to the Rescue

Of course, Grout Renew isn’t the only solution for keeping grout looking its best. The Young House Love team also swears by a simple baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture for tackling stubborn grout stains.

The abrasiveness of the baking soda helps lift dirt and grime, while the hydrogen peroxide acts as a gentle bleaching agent to restore the grout’s original color. Just mix up a paste, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then scrub away. It’s an easy, natural way to keep your grout looking fresh without any harsh chemicals.

Maintaining Grout Perfection

Now that my foyer grout is looking brand new, I’m pretty diligent about keeping it that way. I make sure to sweep or vacuum regularly to prevent dirt and debris from settling into the porous surface. And when I do mop, I stick to gentle, pH-neutral cleaners like Adam Cleaning’s own tile and grout cleaner.

Occasionally, I’ll even give the grout a quick once-over with a baking soda paste just to be on the safe side. It’s a small price to pay to keep my floors looking their absolute best. After all, clean, bright grout really does make a world of difference in the overall aesthetic of a space.

So if you’re battling your own grout woes, don’t lose hope! With a little elbow grease and the right cleaning products, you can say goodbye to dingy, discolored grout for good. Your floors will thank you, and so will your eyes every time you walk through the door.

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