A grout paint review, plus tips for painting grout.
So, a little while ago, The Non-Consumer Advocate pinned this post about painting tile grout.
I’ve got some seriously funky grout in my house, even though the tile job is only a few years old, and I’ve tried cleaning it with various things like baking soda, vinegar, and spray cleaners.
Nothing really got it looking too fabulous.
I was scared to try painting my grout!
I’d heard of grout paint before, but I thought you had to be super careful not to get it on the tile, and that scared me off from using it.
(I am waaay not precise enough for that.)
After reading the Live, Love, DIY post, though, I realized that this job requires about 93% less precision than I originally thought.
Choosing a color
After I decided this was not going to be a terrifying project, Mr. FG ran out to Home Depot to buy some grout paint.
It’s made by the same company that made our grout, and it comes in all the colors that grout is available in.
You don’t necessarily have to choose a color that matches the original grout, though, because the paint will totally cover over your original grout.
I was most excited to use it in the kids’ bathroom, which has white tile and nearly white grout. At least, the grout used to be white.
How to paint grout
To use the paint, you just brush a small bit onto the grout lines with a toothbrush (of course, I used an old toothbrush, not a brand new one.)
The paint will soak into the grout but won’t soak into your tile.
I found it worked best to let the paint dry a bit and then wipe off the excess.
You can use a paper towel or a rag, and if you let it dry for too long, you can always scrape it off with your fingernail.
I am so very pleased at the difference. I never though I could get my grout to look this good, especially in this spot where my girls had spilled nail polish.
Here’s another shot where you can see the difference.
The process is pretty time-consuming, but it can be done in little bits, here and there. (Unlike, say, kitchen cabinet painting.)
This paint is supposed to seal the grout and make it easier to keep clean in the future, but since I’ve only just applied it in the last week, I can’t vouch for that yet.
(see update below!)
Can you mix different colors of grout paint together?
Yes, I think this would work fine as long as you did one batch of mixing. That will help your colors stay consistent.
Does grout paint last and stay clean?
The grout does look good for a while, but it gets dirty over time. It’s not a permanent solution to fresh looking grout (such a thing does not exist as far as I know!)
Can you clean painted grout?
(Updated 2020) I’d say the painted grout is easier to clean than unpainted grout. Since the painted grout is a little more sealed than it would be otherwise, dirt sits on the surface and is easier to remove (vs. dirt that penetrates the porous grout).
Still, after a few years, you should expect to do a repainting job if you want the grout to look really new again.