How to Clean Grout and Install New Grout That Won't Stain

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Grout is a major pain, especially when it's old and grimy. Today you'll learn how to clean grout and make it look new again. Plus we share which grouts to use if you decide to re-grout your bathroom floor or if you just installed new tile. The tips you'll learn will be priceless.
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OxiClean is a great grout cleaning product. And yes, I get that this sounds like a cheesy commercial but this seriously works. Spray OxiClean Max Force onto a test area to make sure it won't ruin your grout or tile. If it doesn't, you can move forward and spray it on your grout.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
Use a grout cleaning brush like this one to work the OxiClean into the grout. Let the OxiClean sit for 15-20 minutes on the grout. Then wipe it off with a clean sponge.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
What if your grout is terrible? What's the the best way to remove it? Use an oscillating multi tool like this one and a grout removal accessory.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
If you need to re-grout your bathtub or bathroom floor tile we recommend a few different grouts. This one is Mapei's Ultracolor Plus FA. It's a great option for both shower tile and bathroom floor tile. The smooth consistency and rapid setting allows for a quick installation.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
Another grout we recommend is Mapei's Flexcolor CQ. It's pre-mixed, has color consistency, stain resistant, and super easy to use. Flexcolor CQ is rapid setting as well and allows you to install grout without any guesswork.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
When you open a tub of Flexcolor CQ it's ready to be used.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
Apply Flexcolor CQ to the joints at a 45 degree angle and remove any excess by moving a rubber grout float at a 90 degree angle to the tile.
  • how to clean grout and install new grout that won t stain, cleaning tips, how to, tiling
Sponge off excess Flexcolor CQ with a sponge and water. Our video shares all the details.

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