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Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

Getting Blood Stains From Grout

Beatrice Reid

There are approximately 21 million medical visits each year across the U.S. from unintentional injuries that occur in the home. While these injuries do not always result in the loss of blood, it is a common side effect of using sharp instruments and of falling. Whether or not your injury or the injury of your loved ones required immediate medical attention, your first concern is not going to be the blood stains left on the tile and grout and sometimes the clean-up does not take place until the stains have had a chance to set. Unfortunately, while the tile might respond to a vinegar solution, your grout may be a little more stubborn. This can leave a stain that is not just ugly but may be an unpleasant reminder of a traumatic incident.

So, if you have blood stains to get out of your grout, here are a couple of ways you can do so with easily accessible materials.

Cola, anyone?

While cola has come under heavy criticism over the years about its lack of health benefits as a drink, it has found extraordinary usefulness as a cleaner. Using some undiluted cola on your grout can get them looking like new. To get this effect, you need to pour the cola on the stain and leave it for a few minutes. After this, wipe away the mess with a clean rag or mop and some clean soapy water to get rid of the sticky mess. Depending on the area of the stain and how deep set it is, you can also apply a little elbow grease by scrubbing the area with a brush with strong bristles.

A can of cola only costs about $1.25, but that could be money well spent when your grout is once again the attractive, original color you had before. Since cola is also good for removing or reducing odors, this might also be an excellent way of getting rid of any lingering smell of blood. 

Lubricate it

You may find that a particular lubricant that can be found in your garage or shed may be an excellent way of lifting that blood stain for removal. WD-40 can be used by applying the solution to the floor and allowing it to soak for a few minutes. However, you should also note that the larger and deeper the stain, the longer it should be allowed to soak. For safety's sake, it is recommended that you apply the solution on paper towel. This will allow the members of the household to see the area and therefore avoid walking on it because WD-40 tends to be quite slippery.

Remove the paper towel when you are ready and clean the area with soapy water to remove the slippery residue. Your grout should start to look as good as new. You can also repeat the process if you are not completely satisfied with the end result. 

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