Could your tile floors use some attention? Maybe the grout is too light, too dark, or an outdated color. If your tile is still in good shape, you have a few options that can make a big difference in the look of your tile floors.
One of my clients had tile installed in their kitchen and dining area about 15 years ago, and chose a terra cotta grout. Over the years, their tastes have changed and they were wanting a lighter color without so much contrast between the tile and the grout.
One option is to remove the existing grout entirely and replace it with new grout. If your grout is in good condition though, a much easier option is to clean and paint it. Since their grout was not cracking or chipping, my clients decided to try out the relatively new grout paint and sealer.
To prep the grout for painting, it was first scrubbed with a mixture of lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda. They used 7 cups water, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Apply it liberally to the tile and grout and let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub with a brush. If you just want to clean your floors, you can stop at this step, because it is amazing!
The directions on the grout paint say to use an acid cleaner before applying the paint, so you might decide you want to do that. My clients decided the acid from the vinegar and lemon juice was good enough for them, and less toxic.
To apply the paint we used flat craft brushes. We found the size 6 brushes to work the best for us, but it would depend on the width of your grout. We just poured a bit of paint onto a plastic lid and applied it to the grout lines with the brush and let it dry.
The whole process was a bit time consuming, but not as much as chipping the grout from between the tile would have been. And the results were amazing. We chose a medium gray color, and it brightened up the look of the entire kitchen and dining area. Instead of pulling out the orange colors from the tile, like the terra cotta colored grout did, the gray grout picks up on the subtle gray colors in the tile.
Now that my client’s floors are now more neutral, they are working on reupholstering their dining room chairs in a cheery bright red. One small change in the flooring has allowed them to make some much-desired updates in the rest of the kitchen and dining area.
If you have some tile with grout that could use a fresh look, give some grout paint a try! It is an inexpensive update that brings a significant change to your flooring.