Getting down on my hands and knees and scrubbing tile lines isn't my idea of fun (call me crazy) so I've put it off, but the time has come. The other day we checked out some heavy duty grout cleaners at Home Depot, but the fine print said you're supposed to wear a gas mask because it's a dangerous acid. Again, call me crazy, but the idea of having to wear a gas mask in my own home - or ever really - is kind of a turnoff. So I picked up a grout brush, which is really just a glorified toothbrush and prepared for some sore arms.
Then I had a flashback to a junior high science demo where we put nails in jars of Coca Cola and in a week, they'd practically dissolved from all the acid in the Coke. Obviously, the acid in Coke is safe since we drink it and all so I decided to give it a shot on the grout and picked up a 2 liter. I tested a small section and IT WORKED! Check out the before and after...
Chris was gone during my little experiment so I purposely cleaned just half of one of the grout lines to show the drastic difference. Crazy, isn't it?
Here's the how to...
Step 1: Pour Coke on the tile line using a squirty top sports bottle and let it sit for about a minute.
Step 2: Give it a quick scrub with a grout brush or toothbrush (the Coke will get dirty from all the muck coming up from the grout).
Step 3: Wipe up the Coke with a paper towel or rag. Squeal with excitement over how much difference it made (optional).
Step 4: Give the area a quick mop to keep it from getting sticky (I just used my Swiffer Wet Jet).
The next step will be applying a sealer (I have a feeling the previous owner never did) that absorbs into the grout to keep it from ever getting that dirty again. I still can't believe Coke is my new favorite cleaning product and I'm amazed by how clean the grout got with so little work!