We know: cleaning bathroom grout has to be at the very bottom of everyone’s to-do list. There’s always something more important, more fun, and less gross to do! But when you’re selling your house, a sparkling clean bathroom is a must. And that means getting out a brush and going to work on the grout.
What you’ll need:
· Stiff brush. There are tools built just for this job readily available at home stores, hardware stores, and online (e.g. Amazon).
· A bit of time.
What you may need:
· Baking soda.
· Commercial cleanser (e.g. Clorox OxiMagic, OxiClean).
When it comes to cleaning grout – or most anything in your home – you want to start with the most gentle option. In this case, it’s just good old water. If your grout is relatively new and unstained, simply run warm water over it and use the stiff brush to gently scrub in a circular motion.
Because grout tends to be a magnet for discolouration, water may not do the trick. In this case, spray some diluted vinegar (1 part water, 1 part vinegar) on the grout. Let it sit for five minutes and then scrub. If you still see stains, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply this to the grout lines, and then spray with the diluted vinegar. It’ll bubble and fizz; it’s working! Wait for it to stop foaming, and then scrub and rinse.
These home remedies may not be a match for serious stains. If that’s the case, opt for a commercial product like OxiClean, OxiMagic, or another solution that contains oxygen bleach. Make sure you have a window open and/or fan on to ventilate the bathroom, and then use according to the instructions. Typically, you’ll have to wait about 15 minutes for it to work. Then rinse thoroughly – and keep that fan on!
While your house is on the market, spritz it weekly with vinegar or alcohol to prevent staining and mould/mildew buildup. A spic-and-span bathroom may just be the key to selling your house fast!