Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Grout Issues

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So what do you think about him? You know...Mr Infomercial, Billy Mays! I like him because any man that's into cleaning is a man for me! Besides, he has so much enthusiasm! I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond (another store I love) and saw this Grout Aid hanging there with Billy's smiling face and threw it in the cart. I don't want my home showing up on national TV with dirty grout! So below is the "before picture" with the dirty grout. I tried everything to get this white, including bleach, nothing worked...
until this little marker! It's like white-out for your grout. It was actually fun to do...instant gratification! This was my downstairs powder room, I ran upstairs and did the other bathroom too.
My tile looks like new now! I love it. (btw, this was NOT a paid advertisement) Thanks Billy...You Rock!

42 comments:

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

WOW! Could I use that! Thx for the info (and the testimonial!:)

M

Cottage Magpie said...

Oooh, exciting! I'm going to remember that. Have you tried his other products? I've always wondered if they work as well as they claim to!
~Angela :-)

northern cottage said...

Yeah!!! I've had the same problem with grout & have been cleaning/scrubbing with a little grout scrubber. (ouch my elbow hurts!!!!) I'm going shopping to get one of these. Do they have it for colored grout?

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I've never tried any of his other products and I'm not sure if it comes in other colors. I only saw the white.

Darla said...

Amazing! That looks like brand new.

We use a steamer on ours and it cleans right up. Be sure to seal it now that you have cleaned it so it cuts down on the inbetween time you will have b4 having to do it again.

Sharon said...

Thanks!
I'm glad you wrote that. I never believe those things are as good as they say. And they usually aren't. I'll have to pick some of this up.
Another great product that I got off an infomercial years ago is a paint stick. The handle of the paint roller actually holds the paint and you can paint for awhile without constantly running to a paint tray to run the roller across it. It works great.

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Cindy, that looks great - and I love your tile color, too! Ours is all the original tile from the early 80's when I was into 'earthtones,' so it's all drab beige... yuck!

And your daughter's bureau turned out gorgeous!!... Donna

Glenda said...

I wish I had grout to use it on. I like things like that. Darn this formica. I guess I'll just have to live through you and have satisfaction in that way.

Our weather is getting beautiful, hope your is as well.

Glenda

Glenda said...

P.S. Cindy Mixing Whimsy is have a barn sale this weekend if your interested, other wise it's not till July.
This weekend May 16,17 & 18. Let me know if you want to go.


Glenda

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Looking forward to your big HGTV debut!!!! Everything looks amazing as always!!!

Shari said...

I was just scrubbing the shower yesterday, trying to clean up the grout and the hard water deposits off the tile. The Mr. Clean Magic Sponges help a little but the results are not this good! Thank you very much for this tip. I'll be making a trip to BB&B for this product!

Regarding Billy Mays: His voice really gets on my nerves but I sure do love the beard! lol.

Susan said...

Wow, I have to try this stuff. All of our tile is old, old, old and I want it to look new. I don't think the shabby chic look is for tile. Mine is more shabby than chic.
Susan

The Feathered Nest said...

OMGoodness!!! Cindy, it looks great!!! You should be making money for this ad girl!! xxoo, Dawn

Rosemary said...

Love the product, but I don't like his voice. It's kind of annoying.
I just mute him when he is on.
Your grout looks great!!!
Rosemary

Tara said...

wow, cool to know!

Debbie P said...

I'm glad that it worked for you, it is a nice improvement. Since it works so well, I'll be looking for it too.

However, I find that man so annoying that I can't watch his commercials. He YELLS, just like the car sales announcers on the radio. Aaaakkk!!

Amy said...

It is amazing! What a difference it made in the grout, and it looked very easy. Nice job! Amy

Dianne Wood said...

Hey, I need some of THAT...:) It works, it really works.
Thanks for sharing...
Dianne

One Woman's Cottage Life said...

Hi Cindy! That is so awesome - looks brand new! Now if only we had our tile down in our bathroom so I could use cool products like that!

jeanette said...

Love your blog. Great job on the dresser! White is the best; my favorite color. I recently discovered your blog and keep visiting.

Alison Gibbs said...

What a fabulous job it does. Wonder how long it lasts. You will have to let us know how long it stays looking so good.
Alison

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Cindy,

Hey that stuff really works, your tile is so sparkling.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Beverly said...

It sounds as if there is a new man in your life. And, I agree that there's not much better than a man that cleans.

OKGardners said...

Thanks for the great info! I will be a happy user of this product.

Betty in Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

Wow, that does look like new. Thanks for the tip - I'll have to do that to mine sometime. The dresser and lamp look great too.

JeannieTheDreamer said...

thanks for the tip Cindy:) you are so ready for hgtv

Carousel222 said...

Thanks for letting us all know about this product. I will definitely be looking to buy some. Wonder if it will work on shower tile as well? Love how the dresser turned out. Another great job. Have a great day!

pammiejo said...

Thanks - that's the best kind of infomercial - from a true user! Another product that is great from those TV ads is the green bags for keeping produce fresh - they really work!! PAM

Marilyn said...

The grout looks brand new! I love when a product actually delivers what it promises.

diana said...

I agree... you are so ready for hgtv... you go girl ! The grout looks great.

bj said...

GREAT BALLS OF FIRE...answer to my prayer for CLEAN LOOKING grout in my bathroom ! I am on my way to Bed, Bath and Beyond!!
I'm excited....
bj

A Romantic Porch said...

That is unbelievable!xorAchel

Crossroads Cottage said...

Wow - that is amazing!

TinaTx said...

Glad to know it works!

One of the local TV stations has a weekly segement called 'Does it work?'Has kept me from buying more than a few things!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

How cool, I wonder if it works on other colors of grout, or just white?

Gail McCormack said...

This is one product I NEED!! I have scrubbed, bleached and picked at the grout in our shower recess...thanks Cindy I'll give this a try. Didn't you regrout your kitchen tiles? This sounds loads easier than regrouting

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

Looks great!
Barbara

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Darn, I wish I knew about that little secret when I was in my last house! Oh well, I'm making a mental note :) How nice when it actually does what it's advertised to do.

Hugs,
Dena

Tracie said...

Okay, Cindy~
Now you've got me worked up with this new Billy Mays doo dad thinga majig I really need it. Putting this on my list for this weekend. Have to have!

Nothing has worked for me before... Thank you.
~Tracie

KJ said...

This is good to know. I have to admit that his voice irritates me. I usually mute him. My grout needs some help, so I will give this a try.

Also, I picked up the Pedegg thing from BBB and it works like a charm. My feet are still thanking me.

Blessings, KJ

Daisys Little Cottage said...

Wow, that stuff really does work! So funny to see Billy on your site. My son went to school with his son and everyone said what a nice guy he was. Looks like he's honest too.
smiles,
Darly

Anonymous said...

Hmm, anybody who's into billy mays THIS much obiously has issues...can I have some of what ur on?