Freshen up a tiled surface with our simple steps explaining how to paint grout.
If you have a glazed tile surface but you're tired of the grout -- or if your between-tile spaces have become discolored or are in disrepair -- you might want to consider learning how to paint grout. It's a less expensive and less invasive solution than redoing an entire tile surface, and it allows you to quickly freshen the look of a floor, backsplash, or accent area. Even for a novice DIYer, it's simple to learn how to paint grout. Here are nine steps to help you successfully revamp your grout color.
1. Fix the tiles and grout where possible. There might be areas that have broken tiles or disintegrating grout. Clean up and replace what you can.
2. Buy the right supplies -- and don't take shortcuts. You'll need:
3. Clean the tile surface using a tile cleaner. This cleaner inhibits the growth of mold and mildew. Follow the directions closely, including allowing the time to let the spray rest on the surface. Protect yourself with plastic gloves and safety goggles. Thoroughly clean the area, then rinse to remove chemical residues. Finally, allow the surface to dry for the recommended amount of time.
4. Consider taping your tile. Whether you use painter's tape depends on how detail-oriented you are. If you will clean up paint as you go, you might be able to skip this step. If not, use painter's tape to cover the tile, allowing only the grout to show through.
5. Work in small sections at a time, with small amounts of paint. Use long strokes to apply the grout paint.
6. Paint one coat over the whole surface and clean as you go.
7. Let dry completely, according to manufacturer recommendations. Then complete a second coat, and a third if needed.
8. Follow the instructions on the grout paint regarding cleanup and tool cleanup.
9. Seal the grout. This will help maintain the surface color and protect from dirt and stains.
Note: Have unglazed tile? Grout paint is not recommended, as its porous surface will absorb the paint and may cause permanent stains.
-If your grout looks dull and dingy, a good cleaning will have it looking fresh and new. Cleaning options range from the commercial, to the completely natural. Before beginning to clean with any product, prep the area by wiping it down with a wet cloth. One natural cleaning solution is a simple paste of two parts baking soda and one part water. Use a grout brush or old toothbrush to apply the paste to the grout lines. To get twice the scrubbing power, use an old electric toothbrush. Clean all of the grout lines then rinse the area with water. If your grout is stained or discolored, replace the water with vinegar and the baking soda paste. Careful it doesn't bubble over. Apply the paste to the grout and allow it to set a few minutes before scrubbing. Then rinse well. If you have coarse tiles, such as marble, test this method in an inconspicuous area since the acidic vinegar could stain the tile. Hydrogen peroxide is a less acidic option than vinegar. Mix one part peroxide with two parts baking soda. Apply this paste to the grout, scrub, and rinse. There are also plenty of commercial grout cleaners designed to do the job. Just follow the manufacturer's directions to clean your grout when using these products. No matter which cleaning option you choose, allow the grout to dry for 24 hours then use a sealer to preserve all of your hard work. Whether you use store-bought cleaners, or go with natural option, clean grout improves the look and extends the life of your tile.