Since moving into this house, every time I would walk past the hall bathroom I would cringe and pray that with one more mopping the grout on the tile floor would come clean. After multiple moppings with no improvement, I finally resolved that I would do whatever it took to get the grout clean. Thankfully it was successful. So if you’ve ever dealt with dirty unsealed grout I present to you: How to get white grout clean.
So this is where we started. The white tile was pretty, but the grout lines were disgustingly dirty, and no scrubbing or mopping made any progress.
*This post contains affiliate links* So I picked up a bottle of white grout colorant and a toothbrush. Actually Jack thought I was using my toothbrush to clean the floors and he was totally disgusted by it!
Basically I just went line by line, squirting on the colorant and scrubbing it in with a toothbrush. With so many grout lines this took a while. I ended up spending about four hours scrubbing every grout line.
As I colored each section I would use a damp towel to wipe the colorant off the face of each tile. I wish that I would have wiped them better during this process, because I ended up having to go back and clean them better after the colorant had dried.
The hours of scrubbing were well worth it because when I got done look at what a transformation it was!
Can you even believe that this is the same grout and tile that was so disgustingly dirty? After coloring the grout I applied a coat of grout sealer and let it set for three days. I’m hoping that the sealer will protect the grout from getting as dirty as it was.
Now that I’m happy with the way that the floors look, I’ve got some work to do on the rest of the bathroom. I replaced the small oval mirror with a bigger rectangular one that I got at Lowe’s for only $22. I think it will be perfect after I paint it white. I’m also going to do something about the countertop… hopefully concrete! Otherwise I just am going to swap out the knobs and paint the walls a different color. Possibly a deep gray or black!? I just can’t help myself but pick a dark color with all that white in the bathroom!
Either way, I’m MUCH happier with the bathroom until I get around to making the rest of the updates. If you’ve got tile that is looking dingy, this really was a fairly simple project and it cost under $20. Don’t live with your dirty grout another day and tackle it with a little colorant! Or if you’ve got grout that you’d like to change colors of, this product works for that too! Either way, this was a simple project that anyone could handle!
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