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Zender
Trouble cleaning grout stain

Hello everyone,

I have a small section of stained grout that I can't seem to clean no matter what. I have tried uploading pictures, but I can't figure that out either, I'll try to describe as best as possible. I am a decent DIY'r, but this has be stumped.

The grout is on some wall tile in the kitchen, above the stove. The section that is stained is about a 5" vertical section, beginning from the very top. There is not a border tile on the top, the grout just goes up to the bottom of my kitchen cabinets.

The grout is a light sand color. The stained has turned much darker.

I have tried baking soda and vinegar, lemon juice, and some Tile Guard brand grout cleaner. I have tried rubbing it on, rubbing it in, scrubbing it in, spraying it on and taping it to keep it wet, and all with no success.

I will try to get some pics up soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read and reply.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

Why not dig out the old grout and install new?

Zender
Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

Thank you Houston, I have considered doing that. I have just never run into a stain that couldn't be cleaned and I find myself caught up in a solution to clean it, not replace it. Unless someone has an idea I haven't tried yet, I think I'm going to end up doing what you recommend. I thought there must be something out there I haven't heard about. I would like to know in case I ran into this problem in the future and didn't have matching grout.

Thanks again

SLChase
Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

Have you tried using a steam cleaner?
I've read that the hot steam will bring the dirt up to the surface and be easily wipeable.
Unfortunately, I can't speak to that method myself as we were able to clean our grout using bleach.

Zender
Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

Good idea. I don't have one myself, but might be able to get my hands on one so I can give it a try. I am still unable to upload photos. Not sure why, as I believe I have met the photo requirements for TOH.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

I've been here a while and I can't upload no steenken pictures either :eek:

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