One thing about us is that we are quite particular about cleanliness. So we did our best to renovate and build our home to be easy to maintain and clean.
As with every first-time (and probably second, third-time) home owners, we found some things that we could have done better or changed when renovating our home. One of those things is our Genkan area right at our door.
Our current situation is that we used relatively small tiles for the Genkan area, resulting in wide grout lines between tiles. So after about 7 months of moving in, with this being where we enter and exit our home, dirt naturally builds up in the grout lines.
By total coincidence, we discovered a product line specific for grout cleaning and protection – sold by Grout Shield Singapore. We bought a couple bottles of their Grout Shield and Deep Cleaner and gave it a shot on our Genkan.
[Note: This is NOT a paid post – we are just sharing what we found that might help other home owners out]
Grout is usually a porous surface, hence it traps dirt and other materials which get on to it. Grout Shield essentially forms a layer on top of your existing grout and seals the pores, making it easier to clean off future stains as they don’t get deep into the pores.
It’s not a cheap solution, but it does save you quite a lot more potential headaches in cleaning or maintaining your grout areas in the long run. This one application should last 3-5 years.
Here we did the vertical grout lines first and you can see the difference between that and the horizontal lines which we cleaned but still couldn’t get everything out. (Recommendation is to do this before you move in or just after renovation for best effect. )
Application of the Grout Shield is pretty easy. You can do it yourself (and save some $$$) or you could get the company to do it for you. It’s a good work out too (seriously, our arms and thighs are aching from scrubbing, standing, squatting and cleaning) 😛
Here’s a quick overview of how we did it (after cleaning it with the Deep Cleaner solution):
So far the application on our grout at the Genkan area has reaped good results. We will also be using this on our bathroom shower area tiles as well.
Hope this helps some of you guys – wished we discovered this before we moved in!
See the difference between the section we haven’t worked on and what we did?