My travertine bathroom floor gets dirty fast. It gets cleaned but the grout never seems to return to the original color of natural (beige) that it was when we installed it. Granted, it's been 6 years since it went down...but - ok, now that I really stop and think about it, maybe I was asking too much. But it was still a good test.
It's deep clean/purge weekend. I get in these moods and I want to change wall colors, paint furniture, recover things, move furniture around and generally just 'change' things. I like change. I thrive on change. So this morning I thought, 'I need to deep clean the grout on the travertine floors. What's the best way to do that?' So I did what most people do....googled it. And pinterested (is that a word even?) it...cuz you know it's been on there a thousand times. Read all the blogs (well maybe not ALL of them - but it felt like it) and comments and articles and anything else to get a fix on the best products to use. My cleaning list consisted of Oxyclean, Vinegar, baking soda, spray on carpet cleaner and bleach...plus I added my own product Bar Keepers Friend.
So I've just spent the last several hours on my hands and knees cleaning grout lines - each with a different product. Here are my results.
I used Resolve spray on carpet cleaner (the site said to use Woolite - but the store didn't have that brand)
(sorry the photo is upside down)
As you can see the 2 dark dark lines at the bottom were the original grout lines. The 2 lines facing the top are the 'clean' lines. I sprayed the lines and let the cleaner sit for 15-20 minutes. Then I scrubbed the lines with a toothbrush and rinsed clean.
I used OxiClean
I used straight vinegar
I used straight baking soda
I used a combination of baking soda and vinegar
I happened to look under the bathroom cabinet and saw Bar Keepers Friend. We use it on the toilet, tub, sink, and I've used it on the floors too. So I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Just sprinkled it on the grout line, scoured away and rinsed.
And last but not least:
My personal findings on this endeavor. Use whatever the heck you have on hand, can get easily, is cheap, etc...cuz it didn't matter what I used they all came out the same.....until I finished up with the bleach. Always finish with bleach!