One seemingly small detail can make a world of difference in the overall aesthetic appeal of your home, whether it be positive or negative. The detail I'm talking about is the grout in your home. Whether it's in your kitchen, bathroom, or the entryway of your home, if the grout between your tile looks dirty the rest of your home will look dingy as well. But if the grout is well kept and clean, your home will look much brighter and inviting. Read on for tips on cleaning and maintaining the grout in your home.

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All you'll need to tackle your grout is a toothbrush, bleach, water, a bowl, grout sealant, a small brush, and maybe some rubber gloves.

First, make sure the area that you're working in is well ventilated. Bleach can produce some pretty strong odors and you don't want to risk getting light headed or anything.

Next, create a bleach/water solution in a medium sized bowl. I recommend a water to bleach ratio of 2 to 1. It depends on how dirty your grout is.

Once you've got the mixture made, dip your toothbrush in and go to town on the grout. Make sure you scrub both with the grain and against the grain to get the best coverage.

After you've scrubbed the entire area you want to clean, let it dry for at least a couple of hours. Now, sealing the grout is totally optional, but the sealant will help prevent any future stains caused by mold or mildew or even hard water stains. Why work so hard and not finish the job?!

When sealing the grout, follow the directions that come on the can of sealant. But you basically just dip a small paint brush into the sealant and paint along the lines of the grout. Try to avoid getting sealant on the tile and surrounding area, but if it happens just wipe it off with a damp rag.

Let the sealant dry for the recommended time on the sealant. You may have to do two coats, but it depends on the type of sealant you get.

Once dry, you're good to go! Take a shower in your brand new, rejuvenated bathroom!