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    • poppyred
    • By poppyred 18th Jul 09, 5:31 PM
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    I hate Grout !!
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    • 18th Jul 09, 5:31 PM
    I hate Grout !! 18th Jul 09 at 5:31 PM
    Please can anyone come up with a "cheap" way of getting my bathroom grout back to white, i've seen the grout whitener in B&Q but it's so expensive, i've tried bleech & toothbrush and it worked a little, was think of Caustic Soda or Bi carbonate ?? any ideas would be great
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    • sec79
    • By sec79 18th Jul 09, 6:59 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 6:59 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 6:59 PM
    I sprayed oven cleaner on mine and left it for about 15 mins (make sure you open the window!) Then scrubbed at the grout with a old toothbrush. That cleaned the grout better than any of these fancy cleaners which claim to clean your grout. The oven cleaner cost me about 2 i think. It was a spray on one, which produces foam.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 18th Jul 09, 7:01 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:01 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:01 PM
    Does anyone know
    if you can use a steam or pressure washer to clean grout.


    i have some black mould and no windows ( its an internal bathrooms, with a fauly extractor that wont be replaced) Woud love to make the bathroom spick & span.
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
    • jamesb1239
    • By jamesb1239 18th Jul 09, 7:09 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:09 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:09 PM
    I've seen it done with steam before with quite good results, the best way to do it will always be to scrape out the old and put in new but thats an expensive way to keep it clean lol. Personally i just use the whitening pen things, i know it just covers it up but its good enough for me lol

    • 27col
    • By 27col 18th Jul 09, 7:37 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:37 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:37 PM
    You are never going to have a moisture and mould free bathroom until the extractor fan is replaced.
    I must try the oven cleaner tip.
    I can afford anything that I want.
    Just so long as I don't want much.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 18th Jul 09, 7:55 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:55 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 7:55 PM
    Ill try the oven cleaner tip too, a lot cheaper than buying a steam cleaner!

    Was it Mr muscle?
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
    • sec79
    • By sec79 18th Jul 09, 8:13 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 8:13 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 8:13 PM
    [QUOTE Was it Mr muscle?[/QUOTE]

    Yes (just checked)! And you can finish the can by cleaning your oven - very MSE! I got the tip out of one of these thrifty books. And after these two arduous tasks treat yourself to a small tipple!
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    • 18th Jul 09, 9:20 PM
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    • 18th Jul 09, 9:20 PM
    Just tried cheapie pound shop oven cleaner on some grim grout behind my cooker. I now have bright, white grout
    I now have to do the rest tomorrow

    I sprayed a bit onto a saucer, dabbed an old toothbrush in it and gave the grout a little scrub and rinsed off. Result

    Sec79 - you have my undying gratitude
    .....................I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...
    • sec79
    • By sec79 19th Jul 09, 5:58 AM
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    • 19th Jul 09, 5:58 AM
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    • 19th Jul 09, 5:58 AM
    If you actually spray the oven cleaner onto the grout and leave for 15 mins. then scrub away at it with a toothbrush - this is what I did.

    Unfortunately the grout doesn't not stay white forever, so you may want to repeat this every couple of months if you find the grout getting grubby again.

    It doesn't smell very pleasant so afterwards you might want to rinse over with some washing up liquid to remove the smell.
  • Rosebery
    Let me get this straight then:

    1. grout whitener is too expensive but works.

    2. oven cleaner works and its very cheap but you have to repeat every 2 months.

    Reality check says zero saving then and if anything the second one is probably more expensive over the course of a year.

    Cheers
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 19th Jul 09, 9:04 AM
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    Much more MSe to use oven cleaner as most of us have it anyway. im sure i have alittle dreg around im going to try in a bit hope its easier than the scrubbing i usually do - i too hate grout. When we buy out our own house Ive decided we are going to have sheets of glass instead of tiles ( seen it on telly once ) a lot easier to clean, no grooves

    Ive tried the grout pens and to be honest if youve even a trace of black mould it wont work.
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
  • Errata
    Grout whitener needs to be reapplied as and when, just like oven cleaner. The significant difference is that whitener paints over the muck - oven cleaner shifts it.
    .....................I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...
    • poppyred
    • By poppyred 19th Jul 09, 11:13 AM
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    I sprayed oven cleaner on mine and left it for about 15 mins (make sure you open the window!) Then scrubbed at the grout with a old toothbrush. That cleaned the grout better than any of these fancy cleaners which claim to clean your grout. The oven cleaner cost me about 2 i think. It was a spray on one, which produces foam.
    Originally posted by sec79
    Thank you all so much for all your replies , i have some of the oven cleaner left.....guess what i'm doing this afternoon :rolleyes:, glad to know it's not only me that hates grout !!
    • sec79
    • By sec79 19th Jul 09, 11:50 AM
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    I'm in the process of looking at a new kitchen, and looking at glass splashbacks - as would be so much easier to clean. And next time a bathroom needs redoing, I'm going for the biggest tiles possible covering only the minimum that needs tiles (shower and sink area) so less grout needs cleaning. I'm glad I'm not the only one for whom grout is a bug bear!
    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 19th Jul 09, 12:55 PM
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    Don't buy grout whitener in a tube as it's basically just thin grout and takes forever to do. You can buy grout whitener pens on eBay much cheaper than the DIY sheds, it's quick to do and the results last ages.
    Declutterbug-in-progress.⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
    • rosekitten
    • By rosekitten 19th Jul 09, 3:07 PM
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    rosekitten
    just had my bathroom floor tiled
    when I went to get the grout I
    noticed that they do grout in
    different colours.I got a
    light ash grey shade and it
    looks lovely and so glad I
    never got white grout after
    reading this thread,thanks everyone
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