Change the Color of Tile Grout
LESLIE: John in Texas has a question about grout. What can we help you with?
JOHN: Yes, I have a kitchen that has white tile and it has a lighter grout as well. And we’re not wanting to replace the tile but wanting to give it a more updated look and was thinking of going with – wondering if you can actually – can you regrout the tile or maybe use a dye with a darker – to give it a darker grout line?
LESLIE: Ooh, you want to go like contrast-y; like dark gray and white or black and white?
LESLIE: That would be really pretty. What condition is the grout in at the moment and has it been sealed?
JOHN: I don’t believe it’s been sealed because it is kind of – you know, it’s a little dirty; it’s not as clean as it could be. And that’s one of the reasons we want a darker grout, too; not only for the contrast but also to maybe hide some of the dirt, too. But as far as condition, it’s in pretty good condition but it could use a cleanup.
LESLIE: There’s actually a product called Aqua Mix which is a grout colorant and you can use it to either restore the existing color or you can recolor it or change the color completely.
LESLIE: It even works the opposite way; from dark to light. It’s eco-friendly, it lasts a long time and it’s easy to apply and you can buy it online at AquaMix.com.
LESLIE: But if it’s in good shape, I would say just go ahead and cover over it and then make sure you do seal it so that you don’t have to worry about any sort of stains ever getting on it; even though it’s dark and you won’t be able to see it.
JOHN: OK, awesome. Well, that seems a lot easier than trying to, I guess, grind out the grout and floating over some new stuff.
TOM: Yeah, we’re all for trying the easy stuff first, John. You can always go that route later.
JOHN: I like that idea. (chuckles) Alright, thank you.
TOM: Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.