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Saturday, June 11 2011

Using Coca-Cola To Clean Tile & Grout:

Every now and then I receive an email or telephone call from someone who wants some free advice. If time permits I always try to make myself available, I may even do some research on their behalf to answer all the "what ifs" when we do speak. Recently I received an email asking me if it was okay to use Coca-Cola to clean tile and grout. Apparently this individual had been told by a co-worker that it works wonders.

Before we answer the question let us first examine Coca-Cola. All you have to do is look on the can and you will find that Coke is compromised of water, sugar (approximately 1 spoon per ounce), caffeine, flavourings, coloring agents, citrus acid (which is a preservative)and phosphoric acid. Because of the acid in Coke it will dissolve the gunk commonly found on battery cables and it is not a bad toilet bowl cleaner, but there are no cleaning agents in Coke. The same is true for Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, etc.

If you attempted to use a soft drink to clean tile and grout it would be an absolute disaster. The acid would break down the silica in the grout and permanently damage the grout lines. Your grout lines would eventually crack and then blow out leaving large holes. If you keep up with my cleaning blogs, especially the ones that deal with tile and grout cleaning, you will know that I strongly recommend to NOT use acids on grout or natural stones. Acid can and will damage the grout and/or natural stone. The sugar will get lodged into the grout lines and will become a haven for anaerobic bacteria. The coloring agents could die your grout lines a whole new color. THIS IS DEFINITELY A BAD IDEA!!!! Fortunately for this person I was able to talk them out of a potential disaster.

My favorite soft drink is Dr. Pepper and I enjoy Coca-Cola, but let's keep them in fridge for personal consumption. If you have questions about this cleaning blog please email me at

Until Next Time,

Michael Hull

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