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Steam-cleaning dirty grout.

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by Space cat, 1 Jul 2012.

  1. Space cat

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    This might not be the best place to post but the alternatives are Tools and Materials or General DIY, neither of which is any better, so here goes:

    The grouting in the tiles around our bath is decidedly grubby and the silicone around the bath edge has gone black in places. Nothing new there I suppose but Other Half is eyeing up a steam cleaner with a view to blasting the dirt off:

    http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/sol/sho...r_handheld_steam_cleaner.html?hnav=4294966403

    I'm a bit concerned about the effect it might have, like stripping the grout and silicone right out! :eek: :eek: :eek: Or will it be totally ineffective and a waste of money? :mad: :mad: :mad: Has anybody steam-cleaned tiles before?

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    S C you can use a steamer quite happily if you know the silicone and grout are sound. I have used one many times(swmbo)without problem.
     
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    What's wrong with bleach?
     
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    Nothing if you don't mind burning your throat out breathing the fumes. :cry:
     
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    You don't have to stay in there and watch.
     
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    My steam cleaner claims to remove all sorts of grot from grout, cookers etc....you name it. Its a Pollti or something.
    In truth, its the biggest waste of money of all time - it will help remove stains from carpets (occasionally) but everything else no way.
    John :)
     
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    You do have to apply the stuff and then scrub and rinse. :cry:
     
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    I’d forget the steam cleaner, your likely to be disappointed. Cilit Bang & a toothbrush works well on lime scale & stained grout but if the silicone has gone black then very unlikely it’ll come off. Removing & re-applying the silicone bead is probably the only way you’ll get rid of it.
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies everybody. :D :D :D Since i told her that a toothbrush was the best way to clean grout, it's become apparent that she just saw a steam cleaner and fancied having one. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: Maybe I'll find some uses for it, like cleaning the oven or stripping wallpaper. :idea: :idea: :idea:

    Meanwhile, I spend enough time in the bath so I'll get busy with the toothbrush. :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
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