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Monday, December 07 2009

A review of Kaboom Porcelain Tile & Grout Restorer:

With the Christmas Holidays here we all want to spruce up our homes for our incoming guests and family. This spruce job may include an attempt to clean your tile kitchen countertops, tile shower, or porcelain tub. One product that is being heavily marketed for these types of cleanings is Kaboom Porcelain Tile & Grout Restorer (notice the word restorer in the title). According to the tv commercials it will clean and restore your tile & grout surfaces making them like new.

This magic illixir only has two ingredients: 5-10% of the bottle you buy will consist of Urea Monohydrocloride (or acid with a pH level of 1), the second ingredient is water, approximately 90-95%. The cost of a 22 ounce bottle is approximately $5.00. That is alot of money for that much water.

I have personally tried Kaboom on my kitchen counter tops, tile shower, and tub and was very disappointed with the results. As a professional cleaner I can tell you that only alkaline cleaners (pH level greater than 8.0) break down grease, oils, and grime NOT acid. You also need to use very hot water. We typically use water temperatures over 200 degrees when cleaning kitchen countertops, tubs, and showers. Not only does it clean but sanitizes as well. When you use acid you are ETCHING the grout of your kitchen counter top. In other words, you are sanding down the grout, which is what an acid product such as Kaboom is doing to your surfaces. If you do not rinse the surface completely the acid residue from Kaboom could damage your grout lines.

In my opinion Kaboom is Kapooey.

Until Next Time

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 11:11 am   |  Permalink   |  2 Comments  |  Email
Kaboom didn't work for me either. Thanks for explaining to me 'Why'. I thought it was 'user error'. Appreciate your articles!
Posted by Patricia N. on 12/09/2009 - 12:03 PM
I tried this on my travertine and was very disappointed with the results. next time I will call you.
Posted by Tina R. on 01/02/2010 - 02:16 PM

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