Monday, March 30, 2015

How to Make Stained Grout Look Brand New

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This is not a sponsored post.  I am writing about this product of my own free will because I tried it and I want to share my honest opinion about it with my readers.

How many of you out there have a ceramic tile floor somewhere in your home, and the tile looks just fine, but the grout is disgusting???  Go ahead, give me a show of hands!  It is one of those problems that people are always looking for a solution for.  I have even written a similar post to this one titled How to Renew Stained GroutHave you read it? 

Well, unfortunately, and much to my dismay, the product I used in that post has been discontinued.  I was seriously bummed when I found this out.  I had been to Home Depot looking for it several times, and they didn’t have it.  So I just figured they stopped carrying it in the store.  So I got online to order some for my master bathroom, and that is when I found out that it is no longer being made.  I even looked on Ebay and Amazon, but I could only find it in bulk.  So, it was back to the drawing board to find another similar product.  The product I decided to try was Polyblend Grout Renew Colorant.  I wasn’t too enthused about it because I loved the other stuff I had used.  It was like a marker that you just colored onto the grout with 9and has held up beautifully, might I add).  With this stuff, the directions say to apply it with a toothbrush and then wipe off the excess.  Before I go on, let me show you my bathroom floor before I used this product.  Be forewarned, although it was technically clean, it was stained badly. 

Bathroom grout before

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This picture is the best one that shows what the grout should have looked like before it was stained- just white.  The spot right in front of our shower was clean because a rug must have always been there.  You can also see in the picture below that I opted not to go the toothbrush route.  I poured some of the product into a bowl, and found a paintbrush that matched the width of my grout as closely as possible.  And I painted it on.  I did keep Clorox wipes handy to quickly clean up any mistakes I made. 

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I worked on this project during a week that we had snow days all week.  It took me three evenings, working for a few hours each time.  And I had to wear my reading glasses to see the up close details so that I would not mess up.  But in the end, I am just as thrilled with the results as I was with my other bathroom floor.  The floor looks practically brand new!  Now, let’s be honest, this is not the tile I would choose if I was doing my dream bathroom, which I showed you here.  But a new floor is not in the budget, so this is what I have, and I wanted it to look as clean and fresh as possible. 

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The color I used is called bay leaf.  And I have to say that I would probably choose a different color, but stupid me started painting without testing it out first, so there was no going back.  You can’t really tell in the pictures, but it is grey with a green tint.  I was not wanting a green tint, and online, that color did not look green to me.  But I am telling you in case you go to purchase it, it does have a slightly green tint.  I would have rather had a more true grey color. 

bathroom grout after2

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I completed this project during the dead of winter, so it has been finished for a while.  And since then, LC dropped and broke an apothecary jar on the floor, and there is a spot of the grout renew that came off.  I am not for certain that is how it happened, but I was not home when he broke it, and when I got home, I noticed the grout was messed up in that spot.  It was not like that when I left the house.  I am very perceptive!  Anyway, it is no biggie, it just needs touched up. 

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Luckily, I only used about half of the bottle, so I have plenty of this product left for touch ups.  But I will say that in our other bathroom, where I used the different product, no such thing has happened, and the grout still looks as good as the day I finished it.  So I still wish they made that product again. 

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But overall, so far I am happy with the product, and if you are looking to do something similar with your grout, I would have no hesitation in saying you should try it!

bathroom grout after8

I have also purchased a new rug for the bathroom since finishing this, and since taking the pictures of the floor.  Here it is below.  I wanted a larger rug that I could move more into the center of this section of the bathroom, instead of just in front of the tub.  I had been on the hunt for one for quite some time, and I finally found this rug at Target for $24.99- and if you purchase it right now, you can get an extra 10% off! (you can read about how I made over my bathroom vanity here.)

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I love the new rug.  It really pops on the floor, and it provides a soft and warm place for me to stand now, where I only had that when I was getting out of the tub with the old rug.  And it has a nice rubber back, so it does not move at all, which is a huge plus.  We also purchased a new toilet seat.  I didn’t think you would want to see that though. am I right?

bathroom rug2

I am so glad to have this floor finished, and looking fresh and clean.  Next up for this room is to change out the light over the sink.  I have already purchased it, but it is sitting in the garage now.  We also need to paint the walls, and add a backsplash.  Hopefully we will have this room finished before the year is over. 

What do you think of the improvement in the floor?  Have you ever tried this product?  If so I would love to read about your experience with it. 

Have a happy Tuesday!