Assuming it is floor tile-I use my regular floor tile cleaner and a toothbrush. In the tub (this is not as successful), I use comet and the tub scrubber. I occasionally use the mold/mildew cleaner or the soap scum spray remover to get the job done. (09/26/2007)
My idea is very low-tech, low-cost and I've been doing it for a long time:
Get some paper towels and tear them into strips. Soak the strips in bleach or diluted bleach water, whatever you prefer. Lay each strip on a section of the grout, and use the end of an old toothbrush to tuck the strip down so that its actually touching the grout. This works on tile walls too, as long as the strips are narrow enough and not dripping wet.
Generally speaking, I just leave the strips in place till they dry, and when I take them away, my grout looks brand new. I haven't scrubbed grout in years. I just give it the paper towel treatment every so often and it looks great.
We moved into a house where the grout apparently had never been sealed and the floors had hardly ever been clean. They were filthy, the grout was gross, stained! No amount of scrubbing or bleaching would make the grout look decent. I ended up going to my local lumberyard and getting a solution specifically for cleaning grout that had been abused. It worked wonders! Just remember that after using this, you have to reseal your grout. There are some pretty easy products out there to do this with these days. (09/26/2007)
By Juanita S.
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