Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tips For Getting Your Tile & Grout Really Clean

I have some gorgeous Travertine tile in my kitchen, breakfast area, hall, laundry room and both bathrooms.  I love it, but it was starting to look really bad. 

 Dark and not at all like I remembered it when we moved in. 

 I mop this with hot soapy water every single week, but that just wasn't enough apparently.  Plus, if it was sealed, I don't think it was done really well, because it had tons of dirt in the pigment of the tile.

See what I mean, this is really disgusting. 

 Now believe me, this has been mopped and should be clean, but obviously it's not.  Tons of dirt in all the crevices of this tile.  

I got a couple of quotes to have it cleaned, but that seemed really high to me. 

 Both quotes came in around $300. 

Since this is a no-spend October, I thought I would see what I could do.  Mopping didn't work, but how about a little cleanser and a scrub brush.

 Wow !!  this is amazing, it really isn't hard and it gets in all those crevices.

 See how pretty. 

      Look at the upper left hand corner, see that's where I   havn't cleaned yet.

 See the tile and the grout lines,  how gross is that.


                                         Just look at it now!!!!!

 There is nothing in all those crevices and look how pretty the grout looks too. 

 This took me almost a week to do all these areas.

                 I just did a small area every day, that way I didn't over-do. 

 Now that they are done I am going to apply a new sealer, I just don't know what.

 I love the look of this tile,
                                                   it really is pretty,
                            and now that it is clean, I want to protect it.

I have been researching on line to learn about different sealers.  I don't have a clue at this point.

  Do any of you have a good one that you've tried.  I would love to hear about it.

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  1. Looks fantastic! There's nothing like a bit of elbow grease. Or in your case a lot of it! I need to do this in my home as well.

  2. Marty, it looks wonderful! We have a very similar tile in our home. I cleaned the grout a few months ago and it was so much work. This is a great tip and I plan to try it. I am sure if you go to Lowe's or Home depot they will be able to give you advice on a good sealer. Take care. xxx Maria

  3. Beautiful floors certainly worked hard to get them so sparkling clean!

  4. I need to do this in the master bath! Thanks for the great tip, Marty. You gotta love Comet sometimes! Hope your week is going well. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Now that everything is sparkling clean, use 511 Impregnator (odd name) for your sealer. It has a strong odor, so make sure the windows are open, and wear gloves and it's a bit pricey, but a little bit goes a long way. I've done my own tile work for over 30 years and it's the only sealer I recommend. You can get it at The Home Depot in the Floor and Wall Department.

  6. I keep my floors clean but the grout... that's another story entirely. I was thinking yesterday how I need to rememy this! Found you via Imparting Grace!

  7. You did a great job! I could learn a lesson from you on "not over-doing!" I had these type floors in TX. I'm really glad to have simple cheap vinyl floors now. So easy to clean.

  8. Wow, what a difference, Marty! I definitely need to do this, but that chore will have to wait awhile!

  9. I think mopping is what makes those grout lines get dirty! You know? We push around the mop and it's dirty. I have 4 mop covers and I change them while I'm mopping to try to keep it all clean but my grout lines still look like you showed in only 3 years. Hard work is what it takes and you did it!! Now...I'm following to see what to use to seal it.

  10. Marty: Your floors look great. I have done the comet cleaning many times on my white floors. I would really like to try a steam mop? Anyone out there try that?
    There is a product by Mapei that I have used in both my bathrooms. You can change your grout color. It has lasted for over 3 years now, so I am considering doing the kitchen area. Easy to do, just time consuming.
    Dupont makes a great sealer and I have used that. But I hear the 511 sealers that Lowes and HD sell are great.

  11. 511 Impregnator is the best. Amazon and Home Depot carry it although you may have to order it online. It will also work great on your granite countertop.

    1. Is this a sealer? AND, it works on granite? I will go get some if that is the case!! Thanks for the info!

    2. Yes, it will seal your granite countertop. Put it on with paper towels until the clear solution bubbles a little bit. Wipe off after 5-10 minutes and dry. That's it. Very easy!

  12. I SO also need to do mine ... good project for next week. Oh, and did the layout of the blog change?? I miss the "blocks" along the top edge!

    Burlington ON Canada

  13. OMGoodness, you are amazing to do all that tile!!! Now that we have been here 3 years I should check and see if we need to reseal our tile and grout too. Yours looks beautiful again!!!

  14. Such a big difference, Marty! Your floors look great!! I know it was a very laborious, but well worth it in the end.

  15. Use grout renew at Home Depot and it keeps it from staining again! Awesome stuff!

  16. Nice floor looks great. How can you be sure the ajax or comet is all out of the grout line.PLZ someone tell me.
    Im a perfectionest and nothing is ever clean enough.I know Im goofy.But i want to do this.

  17. I love Comet for my pots and pans. but never thought about it for floors! Thanks for the tip Marty!

  18. The price of $300 was cheap! I had a quote of $1000, I have travertine tile everywhere except the bedrooms. I'm so over cleaning tile grout. Sealing or not, the dirt comes back. I'm so glad we are building a house, no more tile for me, maybe just in the bathrooms where there is not high traffic. It will be wood floors all the way!

  19. Great tips Marty! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!