LESLIE: Lee in Oklahoma has a cleaning question. What can we help you with?
LEE: My question is about the grout that is in between the ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen and bathroom.
TOM: (overlapping voices) OK.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Mm-hmm.
LEE: And I would like to know how to safely clean that.
LESLIE: Was it white when it started out?
LEE: No. It has a – it’s a light grout; it’s tinted.
TOM: Well, there are kind of two levels of grout cleaner out there: there is grout cleaner and there is grout stripper. If it’s really dirty, you would use a grout stripper.
TOM: And with a grout stripper you want to let it sit on there for a while and then use a good brush and scrub it and sort of work it clean. Sometimes, you have to do a couple of applications. When you get done cleaning it, Lee, it’s important to use a sealer. There are silicone sealers that are out there that seal the grout and that stops the dirt from being absorbed quite as quickly the next time. You’ll find that it stays …
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Dirt will still sit on it but you’ll be able to clean it easier because, you know, it’s not going to penetrate into the grout itself.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah.
LEE: OK. I had – my second question was about sealing and you answered that as well.
TOM: There you go; you got the two-for-one special today, Lee.
LEE: OK. OK. Thanks a lot.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.