Hints From Heloise

Friday, May 29, 2009; 12:00 AM

Get Dirt Out of Grout

Dear Heloise: What should I use to clean DIRTY TILE GROUT? I would like to not have to do a lot of "crawling." -- A Reader, via e-mail

I have two "recipes" for grout cleaning. Unfortunately, I don't have a solution to the bending and crawling problem!

1. Mix a solution of 1/2 chlorine bleach and 1/2 water and apply to the grout using an old toothbrush or cotton swab. Leave the solution on for about 20 minutes (longer may not work better), then rinse.

2. Three percent hydrogen peroxide applied directly to the grout also works. Use an old toothbrush to apply, let sit for an hour or more and then scrub. Rinse with water. Note: For both of these methods, you should wear rubber gloves and old clothing or an apron. Both can bleach color from carpet, clothing, towels, etc. So use caution, and be sure the room is well-ventilated.

-- Heloise



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