Renew Your Dirty Grout


.......not a pretty title today.....but somebodys gotta' do it.:) No fabulous old vintage items, no pretty Autumn decorated front porch, no pretty chair makeover......just.....


Having replaced just about everything you can replace in a house in the last 10 years here at the farmette, we are now ready to start some remodeling projects.   Our upstairs hall bath may be  the first make-over........soon as the budget allows that is! In the meantime...... the poor thing is stuck in the 80's with its blue tub and tile and dated vanity and fixtures.....ugh!  BUT...there are some good things about it.  I love the vintage vibe going on with its hex floor tile  But that grout!!!!  The years have done a number on it and no matter how many times I have scrubbed and bleached, it's not coming clean.  Then I tried this:  Grout Refresh

A product I heard about from a friend and found at Lowe's in the floor department.  I am embarrassed to show these photos but it is what it is.  And I'm hoping I can help others out there with the same problem.

You need:
  1. the product 
  2. a pretty sparkly old toothbrush (you can use your husband's) :)
  3. a worn old towel (to fold up under your poor knees)
  4. a mop
  5. an old wash cloth
  6. spray bottle
It's small....just an 8 oz. bottle and I thought there was no way that was enough to even do my tiny little bathroom.  Comes in an array of colors.  I used pure white.

Clean floor thoroughly.  (good grief!...I think I could use a new mop!)  You can see in this photo, how badly stained the grout is in between the tiles.

Spread the product evenly on the grout using the toothbrush.  Here's where I messed up.  It's  Okay to go outside the grout lines but I went outside way too much and I did it too thick (but it still worked just fine).  I thought this part was going to take me forever but it only took about 30 minutes.  Let the application set for 30-60 minutes.  I did 60.

Mist lightly with water.  Let set for 15 minutes, then scrub the excess colorant off GENTLY.  This is where I made another mistake.  I rubbed way too hard and lifted some of it off.  But the fix was easy.  I just went back over the lifted places again with the toothbrush using just a tiny bit of the colorant. 

And voila!   nice bright white tile and grout.  I was very pleased with this application and plan to use it in my other two white tiled baths also.   There was quite a bit remaining.   

Okay....I couldn't let this post be all about the bad and ugly.  There is some good in this old bathroom and it involves zinc buckets and vintage and new and modern.  We use a vintage child's wicker rocker as a magazine rack.  A trompe l'oeil (fool the eye) scene was  added  on one wall of this plain Jane room to give it some interest and tie it in with the 80's blue tub.  :)  It's supposed to look like a hole in the wall and a dove has nested on the ledge.  A shabby white wire planter sits on top with a flaired zinc planter, filled with a philodendron.  The greatest plant in the world when you have a darkish room. :)

Any my very modern fabric covered custom valance board.  I found this at an upscale consignment shop and it worked perfectly in this room.  So there you have it.  An easy fix for what seems like a daunting problem.

(P.S. I was not compensated in any way to write about this product.  I just found it on my own and wanted to share it with my readers)

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Thanks for the tip about cleaning grout..mine is WORSE than yours..I'm going to get some tomorrow!

Olive said...

That was brilliant. Looks new now too. We did something similar on a larger scale with our patio pavers with a product from Costco with equal results. Thanks so much for the visit, olive

Unknown said...

Grout it out Lynn..you did a fine job. We need a bathroom makeover real bad, but our grout was a colored grout so no making any changes there, except tearing it all out..we are talking about it..guess that's a good place to start..I love your valance and of course the trompe l'oeil,,nice job on your nest!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Thanks for sharing this info. I have tried a number of grout cleaners without good results so this one may be the answer. Love the valance.

SImple and Serene Living said...

Ha Ha!!! Love the husband's toothbrush idea. Theanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Yay! I was wondering how I would keep the grout clean on our new floor! I will also tell my dad about this as he has been wondering what he can use. Thank you, thank you! :)

Beach House Living said...

Oh my I need that! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I was just thinking yesterday that the grout by the front door needed to be cleaned. Thanks for the tip Lynn! Your grout looks great!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I need to get some of that! It looks like such a great product. Thanks so much for sharing.


Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,

Just stopping by to see what you are up to, and lots I find. What a great product. Your floor looks sparkling and new. I love your valance, it looks perfect also. You have such lovely ideas.

Happy Tuesday,


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL, ohhhh I know you didn't use your Sweetie's toothbrush ! Have always loved your trompe l'oeil scene.

Jen said...

This is a definite use try! I have some grout that seriously needs cleaning in our bathrooms & think I just may make it my next rainy day project. =)

Thanks for the idea of what to use.

Shabby soul said...

Darling Lynn thank you for your visit and for your kind comment!! Wish you a good WE

Anonymous said...

Lynn- Thanks for the tip and tutorial. We just had an appraisal done today and wish I had done this with the bathroom tile. Going to get some tomorrow. -Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks Lynn for all the info. I have been planning on cleaning some grout at my beach condo, so I will give product a try.


Vintage Street Designs said...

You did a fabulous job on your bathroom and the grout looks brand new. I've always used baking soda but that looks like good stuff! Hopped over from Shabby Art Boutique and I'm happy to be your newest follower <3. Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

You have inspired me to give it a go Lynn. Amazing transformation.
Thank you for linking up this week at Shabbilicious Friday.

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