Monday, December 29, 2014

Tile Refresh

We installed the floor tile in our powder room while we were renovating the kitchen.  Because we had knocked a wall down it meant that we had to patch the hardwood where the wall used to be...and as long as we were patching the floors we may as well extend the hardwood out into the hall...and as long as we were extending the hardwood into the hall we may has well do the powder room too.  Because that's how we do.

I don't think either of us like the tile we chose.  We were overtired and stressed and got into an argument on the way to Home Depot.  We rarely fight so this one was a doozy.  I can't even remember what it was about now but I blame the fact that we were DIY renovating most of our first floor, in the dead of winter with no heat, a very colicky 16 week old and two full time jobs.  Oh and the IRS was throwing me some audit fun as well.  We were the very definition of stretched too thin.  If all we were hit with after all that was mediocre tile and no divorce papers I'd say it was a success.  Anyhoo the moral of this story is to never choose tile angry.

Fast forward 6 years and our light colored tile and grout powder room has seen a lot of foot traffic and 3 potty trained boys still perfecting on their aim.  I've scrubbed this floor repeatedly and it never looks any better than this.  You can see what the original grout looked like in the back, center seam and what it looks like today in the front center seam that sees all the traffic.  The ring around the toilet is disgusting.


The tile and grout is clean (believe it or not) but badly stained.  To attempt a remedy that didn't include ripping out the tile and starting over I decided to give this $13 bottle from Home Depot a shot.  It is an all-in-one colorant and sealer that promises the grout will look like new.  I figured it sounded too good to be true but it couldn't look worse.  I chose a darker gray color than we currently had so that it would hopefully hide dirt/other things better the next time around.


The directions say to use a toothbrush to apply and then quickly wipe off excess before it dries.  We have pretty small grout lines so I used a fine craft brush.  In this picture below you can see where I started applying around the base of the toilet (on the right) and the old, grimy joints that I started with.  Such a huge difference.


Look how much better it looks!  


 A quick before and after.  The pictures don't really do it justice but in person it is a HUGE improvement!  I give it 3 days before it is trashed again but it will be an awesome 3 days.

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