How to restore grout: an update. A few years ago I was at the end of my rope with our kitchen counters. They are ceramic tile installed over old formica. The grout was so awful and no matter what product I used, it just wouldn’t come clean. On one of my trips to Menard’s I saw a product called Tile Guard.
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I read the directions and figured even if it didn’t work I would only be out about $5 so what did I have to lose? When I finally got around to using it, I was amazed at how well it covered. My grout really did look like new. (This post contains affiliate links.)
So that was two years ago. The grout looked great for a long time…much longer than I expected. Before my Gridley & Graves photo shoot I decided to restore the grout again. This time I purchased a large bottle of Tile Guard and put it on very thick. To see how I applied it, check out my post from two years ago. I used the exact same method this time and was so happy with the results.
A few things. First, I think Tile Guard only comes in white. So if you have a darker colored grout, I’m afraid this method won’t work for you. Second, I’m not sure how it would work on a floor. It would take a long time to apply it. If you compare the cost of a bottle of Tile Guard and a day out of your life to installing a new floor, I’m sure it would be worth it. I, once again, did not seal mine. However I would highly recommend applying the Homax Sealer…especially if you are restoring a floor or large space.
I am so not a grout expert. On my last post, some people judged just a little and said I was covering up the dirt. Honestly, I probably was. I cleaned the grout as best I could before I applied the Tile Guard both times. I have older counters and I just wanted them to look better…and they really do.
This is real life DIY. I found a solution that I could DO MYSELF and that wouldn’t break the bank. I’m not saying it will work for everyone in every situation. I am saying it worked for me and I highly recommend it.
I’ve wanted to do this post for a long time so I’m glad I finally made it happen. Check that one off the list! Thanks for stopping by…see you soon.
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