How To Freshen Old Grout Between Tiles in 3 Easy Steps

If you didn’t already know, it should really come as no surprise to anyone that I am slightly OCD.

Yup, I’m the one who needs all the pictures perfectly straight, the furniture dusted, and my floors ARE clean enough to eat off of…for reals.

Our house is kinda old, built in the late sixties or very early seventies, and we haven’t done a major overhaul on the kitchen, so I still have the old porcelain tile with white grout, which poses difficulties keeping spotless and sanitary even for someone like me whose middle name is “Bleach”.

Every so often, I step out of my Louboutins, throw down my Chanel, and get my hands dirty for a purpose — to freshen and reseal the grout.

Until we remodel and tear out the countertops, this is an excellent method of keeping everything looking clean and fresh.

And it’s SO easy!

This is what I use; it’s bright white ‘cos that’s my grout color. I purchased it at Home Depot — it’s pre-mixed and EASY to use.
grouttutorial1STEP ONE:

I use my finger because I’ve tried a lot of other tools and nothing works better. I don’t even wear gloves, but you really should.

Just scoop up a mess of grout and push it into the space between the tiles, dragging your finger down along each square ’til it’s filled and even.

Make sure you really wash that stuff off your hands; it’s very drying and probably toxic!
grouttutorial3 STEP TWO:

Take a rag or a sponge (or both) and carefully wipe away the excess grout. Let it dry overnight and then wipe off the tiles again.

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STEP THREE:
See the little brush? Turn the grout sealer upside down and squeeze just until enough sealer coats the brush; continue to squeeze, and paint all the grout with the sealer, let dry for about an hour and add a second coat.

When it’s dry, wipe the tile with a clean, damp cloth to remove any excess grout.

 

 

 

 

Voilà!

Beautiful grout again…sparkly clean and shiny, easy as 1-2-3!
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23 thoughts on “How To Freshen Old Grout Between Tiles in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Nice job. You’re probably also extending the life of the tile. The new grout and sealer will help keep the water from getting behind.

    If you want to change the color, you might want to take the existing grout down a bit. You can buy a little carbide clean out tool that you can run along the grout line and it will remove just a little bit. That would give you a slightly deeper groove to fill in.

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  2. We just bought a house and I’m currently steam cleaning the tile floor grout. I might just get some of this stuff, for floors, and re-do it. It’s driving me nuts that parts are white and others are ick.

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  3. I live in a 1959-built house with three bathrooms all covered in ceramic tile. Ceramic tile that has grout of all different colors, and worst of all is starting to pull away from the wall around the bathtub! Sigh. I don’t like house repair (bills). 😦

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