Did we ever look at the grout lines of the tiles? Nope, who does? lol.
Well now that we have been here a while, I have been looking. For that matter I looked more closely at them the morning after we moved in. They weren't pretty! The house itself was pretty neat and tidy and clean. The walls are not too bad. I mean, yes they do need a repaint but considering this was a rental property that had been bought brand new and always been used as a rental over its short 6 years of life, it was pretty good. We will get to the paint job,,,,,,eventually (heck it took 10 years for me to paint my last house lol and even then it only got done because we were selling it!).
The tiles have become an obsession to be lately. With 2 dogs and 3 cats calling this home with us, you can imagine the amount of fluff and fur that I sweep up each day. Add to that the amount of rain we have had and our back yard swampiness, we have also had mud getting tracked in courtesy of the greyhound mainly (she enjoys nothing more than using the backyard as her racetrack!). I have placed one of our flattened packing boxes just inside the sliding door where the animals come in and out, this seems to be picking up majority of the mud from her feet at least. But it is because of these constant mopping events that I seem to be doing daily at the moment, that the grout is really beginning to annoy me. It just looks grotty and disgusting.
So today I got down on hands and knees with a strong bleach solution and began scrubbing the grout lines with an old toothbrush. The difference was amazing. While it didn't take long really, it really isn't my idea of fun and the novelty of clean grout wore off pretty fast lol. But I am telling myself that if I just dedicated about half an hour a day to the task, I will end up with a much cleaner looking floor in,,,,,,oh I don't know,,,,,,a couple of years time??? lol.
|This is supposed to be about the same colour as the skirting boards!|
|I couldn't believe the difference in colour,,,,,now of course I can't leave it like that lol, I have to keep going!|
|This going to take a while|
|A looong while......|
|The kitchen area will be neverending I think, it is going to be a regular on my "to do" list|
|Then of course we have the laundry,,,,,,,complete with cat litter tray, another regular spot to do|
|The ensuite isn't as bad as the rest but still needs work|
|Kids bathroom/toilet,,,,not a pretty sight either up close|
I never had to scrub my grout in the old house. It was grey grout and it camoflauged things fantastically. Mopping alone seemed to keep it really clean. This is a light beige colour and seems to show everything!
Oh well, back to spending quality time with my new best friend the toothbrush.......