How We’ll Clean Our Grout from Now On

Awhile back, I shared tips on how I cleaned our ceramic floor grout.  Sure, the DIY method I used in the past was fine for small sections, but let me tell you, it was a lot of work to do a whole room!

Well, after some time, I decided to splurge on getting my grout professionally cleaned.   Most likely this is how we’ll clean our grout from now on.

At the recommendation of our neighbor, I called Stanley Steemer.  (By the way, this is not a sponsored post!)  Our neighbor was very happy with how her tile turned out so I figured I would give Stanely Steemer a try!

Here are some before photos of our tile:

tan tile floor in sunny kitchen

Here are a couple ‘before’ pictures of our kitchen tile…

tan tile set on diagonal

In these photos, it’s kind of hard to see the dirt between the tiles.  To give you a better idea, here are some close ups of the grimy grout.

Embarrassing.

Thankfully, here is what the tile grout looks like after cleaning:

Huge difference, huh?

tan tile floor

Shiny and clean!

clean tile grout in kitchen

Seriously, I feel like I have brand new tile floors! 

As you can see, Rosie likes them too!

For their service, Stanley Steemer cleans the grout and then applies a sealer. 

Just to let you know, there is a huge difference in price between the clear sealer and a colored sealer. 

Obviously, it’s one of the ways they bump up the price.  When they gave me the estimate, I told them that there was absolutely no way I would be paying for the colored sealer!

Apparently, people tend to go for the colored sealer if the grout doesn’t clean well or looks uneven.  Sure, it is supposed to last 4 or 5 years and is waterproof, but I just couldn’t justify spending that much.

Luckily, my grout cleaned up really well.   Good thing because my husband was traveling yesterday and didn’t even know I was having the floor done.  I don’t think he would have enjoyed coming home to a huge bill!

And as I mentioned, I was not compensated in any way to mention Stanley Steemer.  I am just giving you my honest opinion about hiring them.

But I must say, I am thrilled with going the professional route!  Saving all that time was definitely worth the money to me.  Of course, it you would rather try my DIY verson, feel free to read my grout cleaning tips.

Now I can conquer some more projects in my home… While staring at the floor, I realized I desperately need to repaint the baseboards!  Why does every project have to open a can of worms?…

How do you clean your grout?

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4 Comments

  1. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    November 30, 2012 / 12:02 am

    Wow, they did a great job. I can see the difference. Yea, I wouldn't pay a bunch for sealer either. It is easy to do yourself and doesn't cost much.

  2. Ron
    November 30, 2012 / 1:20 am

    Looks great! Worth the money to let someone else do the "dirty" work:)

  3. Carol
    December 3, 2012 / 3:02 am

    Mine don't need it, yet anyway, but I will keep Stanley Steemer in mind. Your floors look great!

  4. sam Daniel
    February 13, 2013 / 7:00 pm

    Are they good option for cleaning and sealing as I am having a concrete floor. Can they remove concrete stains as well.

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