Thursday, August 12, 2010

Presto, Change-o

This week, I've been trying to get the house in order. I bought this stuff from Kroger about a week ago and it has been sitting on my kitchen countertop until yesterday. I finally decided that our bathroom was just too gross to shower in anymore until I thoroughly cleaned it. 
DuPont™ Tile & Grout Cleaner

So now I'm going to gross you out with this picture, but I'm just keepin' it real people, just keepin' it real. (I hope I won't lose any readers because of this.)

Yup, that's the nastiness that was going on in our bathroom. Now the entire shower wasn't that bad (this was Patrick's side, people), but yuck nonetheless. It took pretty much the whole bottle and my right pointer finger being rubbed raw before I felt satisfied with my progress. We now have a much cleaner shower. 

Hooray! Much better, right? I really don't want to have to do this whole grout cleaning business again, but I'm afraid if I don't seal the grout then I'm going to have to do it sooner rather than later. But before I do that, I think I might have to regrout the whole shower and I've only shown you the big tiles in my shower. I feel like I need to take this on as a project, but it's quite terrifying. Now I've read how to grout a shower from Young House Love, but I'm not sure how to start with tile that has already been laid. Do I have to scrap it all out and then start grouting? Plus, I'm a little scared that if I rip out the grout, then it could lead to a slippery slope and some of the tiles might start falling out. Any tips for me? I told Patrick that in our next house, I will have very large tiles or slabs of marble in my showers. No more of this teeny tiny square and diamond tile mess again!

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