Painting and Sealing Grout

 Painting Grout - Cheap and Easy!

Do you have old, discolored grout?

If so, you have a few options.

  1. tear out the floor and replace it.
  2. use a tool to chip all of the grout out.
  3. clean it or bleach it.
  4. PAINT IT.

This is the story of how I moved into a 70’s ranch and lucked into beautiful, completely in style, arabesque tile in the bathrooms!

Well, I guess it is not much of a story, but I was super excited about it.

But the grout… ugh!

It was a yucky shade of brownish yellow that was formerly white.

This picture makes the grout look way better than it actually was in real life.

There was no way I was going to be able to chip all that grout out, and there was REALLY no way I was going to tear up my arabesque tile, so I set out searching for a way to clean up the grout.

Long story short, I couldn’t!

I tried scrubbing, special cleaners and bleach to no avail.

My last option was to try a product called Poly Blend Grout Renew

It is a colorant and a sealant, and just what I needed.

I used Delorean Gray for my grout.

To start, I cleaned the grout with cleaner and rinsed it with water.  I left it alone until it was completely dry, and then began to “paint” the grout with the Poly Blend.

To apply it, I bought a thin paintbrush from a craft store.  I found that the bristles were too soft, so I cut the brush part down to about 1/8 of an inch long.  It worked much better this way.

It was a slow process, and no matter how hard I tried, I always seemed to get the Poly Blend on the tile.  After reading horror stories on the internet of people getting this on their tile and having to painstakingly chip or scrub it off, I was worried that I would have difficulty getting it off the tile.

To try to combat this, I worked in small sections.

On the left is where the Poly Blend has gotten on the tile. On the right is how it looked after I wiped it.

I “painted” the section of grout, waited until it had somewhat dried, then wiped the tile off with paper towels or a rag.  In the end, I did end up with some extra Poly Blend on the tile, but I was easily able to scrape it off with my nail or a rag (and it did not pull the color off of the actual grout).  I went section by section, over several different days due to having to work during naps, until I had finished.  Then I did another coat just for good measure.

That’s it!

A super easy, and super cheap ($13!) way to update the bathroom and make the tile look like new!

I was so pleased with the results that I used PolyBlend in the color Snow White in the other bathroom for a different look.  The white was just off from a pure white, but looked pure white against the white tile.

Are you wondering how it held up?

I am going on three years that this tile has been painted and sealed with PolyBlend.  It still looks just like it did when it was first done.  I have scrubbed the floors NUMEROUS times, and have never had an issue with the coloring coming off.

If you are on the fence, take the leap!  It completely changed my bathroom floors from looking constantly dirty to looking sparkly clean!

How to Paint Grout
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