Does anbody know how to make grout inbetween the tile white again?

(20 Posts)
ScrewballMuppet Sun 17-Jul-05 06:36:42

I'm sorting out the bathroom today and though the grout isn't bad its been a few shades of pink over the past year (have been studying and working grout last thing on mind) and though I normally can get rid of it with a toothbrush and a good scrub; it seems to be discoloured for good now.
Any ideas?

wysiwyg Sun 17-Jul-05 07:30:15

Bump - how about removing mildew as well?

(In the past I got a cream/ whitener thing from lakeland but still didn't really do the trick)

Can't believe I'm having this conversation at 7.30am.

Carla Sun 17-Jul-05 08:41:31

I used the grout whitener from Lakeland too. Worked very well, but it took me about a year before I got round to removing the excess from each tile with one of those old fashioned, one sided razor blades. In my defence, it is quite a large bathroom

I found that bleach works really well on our butcher's block, but I'm not sure how you'd get it to adhere to a vertical surface. Maybe if you used the extra thick stuff and applied it with an old toothbrush????

Mr Muscle makes a really good Mould and Mildew Remover.

God, for someone that's the queen of household (ie must try every new product) my house is a complete tip. Must spend less time writing about them and start using them!

Carla Sun 17-Jul-05 08:42:18

Household cleaners, that was meant to be!

lilaclotus Sun 17-Jul-05 08:43:42

bleach it. only thing that works for me.

Kittypickle Sun 17-Jul-05 08:44:52

You can get pens in B&Q that you draw over the old grout with and is supposed to whiten them. But it didn't do much for mine really. In the end I got one of the tools you can get to hack the top layer of old grout out and re-grouted.

purpleturtle Sun 17-Jul-05 08:45:17

Bleach and a toothbrush. over time it whitens a bit more.

Fran1 Sun 17-Jul-05 08:45:29

have you scrubbed with you toothbrush and a bit of diluted bleach?

I know there are things on the market that claim to whiten grout.
Or you could regrout if you have the time?

lilaclotus Sun 17-Jul-05 08:46:21

those pens are quite rubbish. and they didn't last very long. we were only able to do a tiny bit of our bathroom with one pen before it ran out.

ChaCha Sun 17-Jul-05 08:46:59

Bleach and toothbrush works for me too

Carla Sun 17-Jul-05 08:50:38

Agree the pens are a waste of space. The Lakeland stuff has a sponge applicator, but, like I said, you do have to go over each and every tile afterwards to remove the excess.

ScrewballMuppet Sun 17-Jul-05 09:00:12

Thanks will try the bleach firstand if no good the mr muscle thing next

Christie Sun 17-Jul-05 10:03:14

A paste made from bleach and bicarbonate of soda and then applied with a toothbrush is quite effective.

Happy scrubbing ! !

ogri Sun 17-Jul-05 10:51:01

go to topps tiles. you get a tool that takes out a little bit of the existing grout, then you get a wee tub of stuff which i cant remember what its called. it will stay white and it is proven to not get mildew . it is antibacterial so it is used in catering kitchens. its about a fiver for the stuff and i think the tool is 3 or 4 pound

spidermama Sun 17-Jul-05 10:57:25

I'm sure my dh just re-grouted a bit over the top. There's also special spray-on grout cleaning bleach which works really well.

bubblerock Sun 17-Jul-05 11:00:29

I use one of those soft sandpaper blocks and just rub the top layer off, it comes up lovely

ScrewballMuppet Sun 17-Jul-05 11:04:49

were can you get one of those blocks from, any diy shop? does it have a proper name?

anchovies Sun 17-Jul-05 11:07:40

dettox mould and mildew sorts ours out a treat.

anorak Sun 17-Jul-05 11:08:30

Surely sandpaper would take the glaze off the tile as well?

bubblerock Sun 17-Jul-05 11:13:59

No it's only fine, doesn't harm the tiles at all. I think they'd know what you mean if you just ask for a sponge sanding block, they're good because you can get into the grooves (as Madonna once said)

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