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  1. #1
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    Default 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.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

    Why not dig out the old grout and install new?

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    Default 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

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    Default 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.

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    Default 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.

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    Default Re: Trouble cleaning grout stain

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

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