Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Color and Seal Grout in One Step - Checkout the Before and After Photos

How to Color and Seal Grout in One Step

My husband likes to keep busy. Lucky me, and that's not meant to be sarcastic!

He's always finding a task to do around the house and is an avid watcher of YouTube how-to videos.

Next thing I know, he's painting/sealing the grout in the hallway. I'll quickly review the steps he followed to get the lovely finished result featured in the photos below.

1. He Used Polyblend Grout Renew

I'm always confident that hubby will select a quality product because he's very thorough when researching choices.

This product is an all-in-one colorant and sealer. You'll want to match the color of your own grout. The sealer protects the grout from traffic, dirt, and floor washings.

He purchased several bottles and color-matched them to the color of our floor. We prefer our grout to be as close to the same color as the tiles. I suspect most people prefer that.

By having the grout and tile similar in color, the floor looks more like one flowing piece. This is especially useful if your hallway isn't very large. Darker grout lines can leave an area feeling chopped up and smaller.

Here's an actual photo of the grout he
purchased - Yep, it's available
on Amazon
2. Tools Needed For The Job

All he used was a toothbrush (or 2) and some cloths for wiping. He trimmed the toothbrush to the width needed to fit the grout gap between the tiles. The gap between the tiles in our hallway is a bit wider than most, but he still had to trim the toothbrush.

Trimming the toothbrush makes applying Grout Renew easier because it fits nicely in the gap and has less chance to overlap onto the tile.

Here's a look at the toothbrush he trimmed for the job
3. How to Apply The Grout Colorant and Sealer

This job requires you to be on your hands and knees. Unfortunately, that's not easy for some of us. Thankfully hubby doesn't have any health issues in the knee department. It was hard on his back though, so be forewarned, it may take several days to complete. Take your time, don't overdo it.

He applied the grout paint sealer directly onto the grout line and painted it into the grout using the toothbrush. It was very time-consuming.

Don't worry if a bit of grout paint gets on the tiles, as you can wipe that off as you go along or do a few floor washings after it's had a chance to set for a day.

Here's the Before and After
Photo of the Grout Work
4. The Finished Look

Check out the finished look below. Hubby completed this in the fall of 2019 and it's currently spring 2020. This grout colorant/sealer has held up nicely. The floor still looks like he just finished the job. You'll notice that this grout colorant/sealer comes in many color choices, so go crazy and do the whole house.

Grout Colored/Sealed - Finished Look
Did I just add something to your honey-do-list? Sorry :)





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7 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds like a wonderful project. I'm sure I could even do this in my rental apartment without any complaints from the Supers. What a nice looking floor afterwards and that it holds up well is an added bonus. Thanks Barbara, I have added this to my "Honey-Do List!"

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  2. Having worked at a hardware store, I think I remember people coming in asking for this Polyblend grout renew. Looks to be an excellent product for making your tile grout look rejuvenated like new. Lucky you, Barbara, for having a live-in handyman to keep your home looking great.

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  3. Wow! That before and after photo is very impressive. And, very impressive that your husband worked on his hands and knees for this project. We don't have anything in the house that is grouted. But, I'll save this just in case. Thanks Barbara,

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  4. What a beautiful hallway! The grout work is amazing and clearly took a great deal of determination and patience to achieve those results. You are blessed indeed! I know I couldn't work down on my knees on a hard floor for the length of time this would take. We had white tile with white grout originally in one of our bathrooms and it was impossible to keep clean and white. I ended up replacing the tile to eliminate that problem. Having to kneel on that floor to clean it was torture!

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  5. Wow! Excellent work! I have only grouted smaller craft type projects, haven't graduated to the bigger projects!

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  6. You might think about hiring your hubby out. I'm pretty sure he would be a hot commodity. Whoops! Didn't mean that the way it sounded! You know what I mean. ;-).

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    1. LOL, that's funny - I'm sure he'd love to believe he's a hot commodity hahaha

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