Y’all, the big living room/entryway/pain in my rear portion of the house is finally beginning to get it’s makeover. I can hear the angels singing – it’s only been five years that I’ve been wanting to Lindsay-ify this area of my home.
The first thing we’re doing is ripping out the old carpet that’s been destroyed by kids/pets/coffee and replacing it with new flooring. I really wanted to rip out all of the tile downstairs, too, so that we’d have the same flooring throughout the space, but Tom wouldn’t go for it. Our tile is perfectly fine and neutral, so it would be a big mess and expense to get rid of if for no good reason. Okay, fine. Huff!
So, since we are keeping the tile in the entry way, kitchen and breakfast room, I decided that I needed to give it a good scrub. When we moved into the house and the tile and grout were new, the grout lines were really light greige. Now, they are almost black. The tile was looking kind of gross itself.
YUCK! And y’all, my floors are religiously mopped once a week, so this could have been so much worse.
I’ve talked about cleaning grout before, but this time I wanted to find a way to do it without getting my hands covered in chemical grout cleaner. My mom told me that she and my dad had used their Shark steam mom to clean their grout before. They simply hit it with some steam and scrubbed with a toothbrush. The problem with that method is that it took two people (one to stand up with the mop and the other to scrub) and it was unlikely that I’d have cleaning assistance from Tom. Just keeping it real.
So, I asked my friends at HomeRight if they would send me one of their SteamMachine Multi-Purpose Power Steamers to see if it would work well on my tile and grout. My contact there is so sweet and agreed to help save me from my gross tile. Just a few days later, there was a new toy at my doorstep.
Now, this little machine costs about $100, but it comes with a lot of accessories. There’s a microfiber mop head, several scrub brushes, a jet nozzle, a squeegee and a wallpaper steam plate. I filled the machine with distilled water (not absolutely necessary, but I wanted to try to avoid mineral buildup inside) and attached the jet nozzle (pictured above). I got down on my hands and knees and got after it.
Working a section at a time, I’d steam about a foot of grout line with the nozzle and then use a small scrub brush to loosen the dirt in the grout line. Then, I’d wipe off the water with a microfiber cloth. I did the same on the tiles themselves, except I used a larger brush. I love that the nozzle gets the steam so concentrated that the water is only going where you need it.
After it was dry, I was blown away by the difference. Go back up and look at the picture of my dirty tile. Now come back down and look at this image of the same spot that is now clean.
I am horrified and mesmerized at the same time. This is a huge undertaking, so I’m working on a little section every day. It’s overwhelming with such a large area of tile, but it’s like eating Pringles chips or shaving your legs – once you start, you can’t stop.
Because I don’t want to have to get down on my hands and knees and do this every few months, I went ahead and sealed the grout and tiles, too. Now, this IS a chemical that I used – 511 Impregnator Sealer from Home Depot. You just wipe it on, wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe it off. I have already accidentally spilled some water on it, and the water just beaded up. I can’t wait to tackle my kitchen floor with this stuff!
Isn’t the difference amazing? I’m having a love affair with this little SteamMachine. I wonder what else I can clean with it?
How do you clean your tile and grout?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for HomeRight. I was given the SteamMachine and received compensation for this post. The opinions expressed and the dirty floors are entirely mine.