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Have you ever had the grout on your tiles professionally cleaned?

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I had it done for the first time a few days ago and cannot believe the difference!

I do not use chemicals and the floor looks quite different after it has been professionally done with chemicals!
The grout looks like it is new and it is actually white and not black, as it used to be!

I love it -it was expensive as I used a guy who does my carpets and I toyed with the half price ones but decided on the guy I know and I know he takes his time and does an excellent job.

No one is now allowed in my house with shoes.....wonder how long that lasts, and I have put outside shoes at both front and back doors!
by Finy
I have done it myself with the special pen, they sell for the job.
Looked great! too.
I try to keep tiles and grouting to a minimum when I renovated my place. It's hard to clean in between tiles - especially in the bathroom. So, when i renovated the bathroom i put splash backs where the shower is and for the tiles on the floor? I made sure they were straight edged (i.e. no curves). With straight edged tiles you can have the tiles closer together and so - less grout and less cleaning! There are sealants you can buy as well that will keep the dirt off the grout so you don't have to clean them as often and even when you do i find using a mixture of bicarb soda and vinegar usually does the trick without much need for elbow grease!
that's handy to know....
by Finy
No, but occasionally we do try to clean it up a bit ourselves. We also use a shower spray every time it is used so as to reduce the build up. We've recently had a wet room installed, and instead of white grouting, we've used a sandy putty colour which blends with the tiles much better and won't show up dirt as much.
I have not had them done professionally,but I find that I manage to keep them looking fairly decent myself. I do not have WHITE grout at all,but a sort of sandy off-white colour.I did this deliberately in my renovation,because of the cleaning aspect! The tiles in the bathrooms are dark colours so I have dark grout with these, and they are very easy to keep looking good!
No. I never realised that there were people who did this. My mother in law did mine once. She was such a clean freak. We arrived home from holidays and came inside, only to find her and my father in law down on the ground toothbrush in hand, cleaning the bathroom floors (the grout).. She said she was trying to help. Maybe it bothered her, but it sure does not bother me. I could not care less about my grout. I keep my floors clean. She did a pretty good job too. I haven't cleaned the grout since, and in all honesty, it really doesn't look like it needs to be done. There are sealers you can buy, and if your grout bothers you so much, bicarb soda is supposed to work a treat. I think i'll save my money for something REALLY important.
Only reason to do so would be to sell the house.

Otherwise, IMO, is a waste of money, as one can keep it clean enough for residents' 'viewing'.
I find it's not necessary to have it professionally done as I get rid of any water laying in the shower before I step out of it and use liquid soap which inhibits scum build up so the grouting stays clean longer.
Professionally cleaned, no? I do it myself...not very well because I hate harsh chemicals. Vinegar and bi-carb do it for me.
by Vee
No I never do that. It is, as it is. I've recently heard 1 can squirt bleach onto them, leave it for 1/2hr, then wash it off, so I might do that...1 day. I'll also look for those special 'pens' that Jonaj mentioned, in Bunnings. (Well, I'll let my husband look, next time he's there looking for something else, while I sit in the car looking through my photos on my camera & on my phone!)
by Miro
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