Grimy Grout



After moving into a house built in 1937, there were TONS of things that needed to be done but none seemed to bother me quite as much as the dirty grout on the floor.  The tile is old and appears to be original as the pattern design and small tiles are typical for 1937 but they are beautiful with alternating dark green, light green and marble tiles which fit the style of the house to a tee.  However the grout is a different story as you can see by the picture.Image

Since traditional cleaners did not work on the tile, I decided to try the numerous ideas on Pinterest.  Here is a list of a couple of them:

  • Oxyclean mixed into a thick paste
  • Bleach
  • Baking soda and vinegar
  • Baking soda, vinegar, water, and ammonia
  • Dawn and vinegar
  • Magic Eraser
  • Vinegar and Borax
  • Barkeeper’s Friend

In nearly every try, I did almost the same procedure: mix the solution, put on the tile, wait 30 minutes, scrub with a bristle brush, and wipe clean. While the tile has gotten cleaner and the grout is a bit lighter, see this picture, it still is not meeting my standards.


I still have yet to find a solution that restores the grout to its original color.  You can see the color as a light grey in some areas but the dark grey is still overpowering.  So if you know what will work, PLEASE let me know.  I’m not interested in regrouting as that is too expensive for our budget but I do want a fix.



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