Next month will mark one year since we moved into our new construction home. When we were in the building process and went to the flooring supplier to pick our finishes I distinctly remember them telling us that they would not be sealing our grout. I mentally marked it on my to-do list and we can all guess how that turned out….I just kept pushing it back and pushing it back in favor of more “fun” projects like painting and stenciling the master bedroom and making over both the downstairs and master baths.
Fast forward to the holidays and when the baby caused $5000 worth of water damage to the house by flushing a roll of toilet paper. Yeah, I was really wishing I had sealed that grout once the flooding permenantly stained it. Luckily the insurance company paid for the restoration and the tile specialist introduced me to this awesome stuff called Grout Refresh. I decided this past week that it was time to tackle the boy’s bathrooms because as you can see above..little boy lack of, ummmm, aim, has made their tile pretty cringe-worthy!
The first step of this super easy process is just to clean the area thoroughly. Ask Anna has a great tutorial for getting rid of “boy bathroom smell” and cleaning around toilets-I highly recommend it for anyone with similar little boys issues! Once the floors are clean you are ready to apply your Grout Refresh!
I got my Grout Refresh for less than $15 and one bottle was more than enough to cover two standard full bathrooms. I used Q-tips to apply my Grout Refresh but you can use a toothbrush or gloved hand just as easily. Simply cover all the grout with the Grout Refresh-no need to be super neat-it won’t hurt to get it on the tile.
The instructions tell you to wait 30-60 minutes after application and spritz with water. I can personally vouch that if you get busy with life and forget about it for, oh, 24 hours or so-that’s just fine! Spritz the grout with water and then wait five minutes and scrub off the extra with a sponge. The Grout Refresh will easily clean off the tile while leaving the grout looking good-as-new! The actual labor time for each bathroom was less than an hour. And here is the difference again:
Isn’t it s huge (and totally less cringe-worthy) result? I wish I would have done it as soon as we moved in but I had no idea it would be so easy and so inexpensive!
Have you sealed your grout? Anybody else have the same “little boy” issues I do? Bleh!