Monday, January 21, 2013

Cleaning Grout on Small Bathroom Tile Floor

Before and after.

The wind chill in Minnesota today is about -30 degrees. I would say the boys and I are staying in the house today. With the anticipation (more like dread) of the freezing temperatures, I started a little list of in-home projects I could get done!

I updated my cabinets in my upstairs bathroom last week. Spending the few hours in my bathroom forced me to keep spying on the dirty grout on my bathroom floor. I thought today would be a good day to give it a quick scrub. James was safely playing in his Cosco Funsport Playard and David was happily watching Thomas the Train on TV. I saw my window for some bleach cleaning!

The results weren't as bright as I hoped but the floor sure is a lot whiter, cleaner, dust and hair free! Next time, I will let the product sit longer before scrubbing and use a more concentrated solution.


Supplies
Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover
One Gallon Bucket
Warm Water
Old Rags
Old Towels
Rubber Gloves
Sponge, Scrubber and/or Toothbrush

  • Sweep tile floor.
  • Mix 3-4 scoops Oxiclean with a 3/4 full gallon bucket with warm water.
  • Place old towel on the floor at the door, so you don't get Oxiclean on your carpet.
  • If needed, remove socks, roll up pants and wear rubber gloves.
  • Slowly dump solution onto tile in a sideways motion onto to floor.

 
  • Use an old rag to move the solution to all pieces of tile and grout.
  • Use towel at the bathroom door to dry feet.
  • Let solution sit for 30 minutes (I let mine sit for 10 which was not long enough).
  • After 30 minutes, take empty gallon bucket and scrub tools. Scrub floor, using a toothbrush in tougher areas. Use rag to wash away any missed grime or dust.
  • Let scrubbed floor sit with solution an addition 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, use rag to soak up excess solution spots. Wring rag in gallon bucket and rinse in sink when necessary.
  • Use old towel to wipe floor dry.


Updated cabinets and a sparkling clean floor.

You wouldn't walk into my bathroom as a first-timer and say, "Holy crap your floor is amazing!" but I can walk into my bathroom and think that.

My bathroom mats are 100% Cotton Chenille High File Shaggy. They are available in 12 different colors in shower mat size on Amazon for $16.75. The larger bathmat is similar size and color to the Eileen West Bath Loop 24 Inch by 40 Inch Chenille Rug. I might get the mats in silver or cream if I decide to change my bathrooms colors to tan, gray and white. Either way, I would ultimately like both mats to be the same color.

Hope my fellow Minnesotans who are home today have found ways to be productive, or if you are forced to be out braving the cold weather, you are doing so safely!

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