How to Whiten Tile Grout – Easy DIY Grout Makeover

How to Whiten Tile Grout – Easy DIY Grout Makeover

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Here’s How to Whiten Tile Grout and seal it from future stains. Yay!

A few years ago, I spent a week trying to scrub the grout clean in my guest bathroom. I tried probably 10 different products and Pinterest tricks. But nothing really worked until I found Polyblend Grout Renew. This product is A-Mazing. Here’s How to Whiten Tile Grout, the easy way!

Grout Renew can get your grout back to white or even change your grout color to a new color. Amazon has about 30 different shades available. And Home Depot usually has 10ish. I have to say, I am absolutely not sponsored by any product for this post. I really just like it. I tried a similar product from Lowes that I actually thought was harder to use. Grout Renew is my go to.

After 3 years of foot traffic and lots of spills, this grout didn’t scrub clean anymore. It needed to be restored. It’s kinda link needing a teeth whitening strip after years of drinking tea and coffee. πŸ˜‰
That new grout color and sealer helps block out future stains and makes spill clean up easier.

My grout seems to stay cleaner, longer after using grout renew too. I think it seals the grout better than it was sealed as fresh new grout. It wipes clean easier too. I’m thinking I’ll have to do this in my high-traffic kitchen every 3 years, or so. Some bathrooms might need it every 3 years too. Yay! I love how long this product lasts and how amazing it looks.

Here's How to Whiten Tile Grout and seal grout in one easy DIY project. Actually, pick from 30 different grout colors for this, not just white. Here are the steps, how-to video, and before and after pictures from my Kitchen Floor Grout Makeover. #AbbottsAtHome #Grout #Kitchen #Bathroom #HomeImprovement
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How to Whiten Tile Grout – Steps

BEFORE STARTING, be sure to read all instructions and warnings on the products. There may be something about your type of tile that requires extra steps. So, make sure you don’t miss anything.

Before whitening all of the grout lines looked dark and dingy.

Step One – Start with a clean floor. My normal weekly routine is to Steam Mop after sweeping the floor with a broom. Steam Mops are a good way to sanitize a floor without harsh chemicals.

Step Two – Apply the Recommended Grout Haze Remover to all grout lines. Check the Polyblend Grout Renew Bottle for recommendations. Since I do not have Cement Tile, I used the Non-Cement Grout Haze remover. I poured some in an old container to make it easy to dip my brush in. Do not pour it in a container you will eat out of again.

Grout Haze Remover is a strong chemical. You have to wear Nitrile gloves when applying it. Nitrile gloves can usually be found in the paint section of your hardware store. Or, you can find Nitrile gloves on Amazon.

Wipe away the grout haze remover with clean dry rags, as you work. You can see how I apply and wipe off the grout haze remover in the ‘how to whiten tile grout’ video link above.

Here's How to Whiten Tile Grout and seal grout in one easy DIY project. Actually, pick from 30 different grout colors for this, not just white. Here are the steps, how-to video, and before and after pictures from my Kitchen Floor Grout Makeover. #AbbottsAtHome #Grout #Kitchen #Bathroom #HomeImprovement
After whitening with Polyblend Grout Renew, the lines are nice and clean which just makes the whole room feel cleaner, right?!

Step Three – After giving the grout haze remover time to dry, you can start applying grout renew. I like to use an old toothbrush to apply Grout Renew. I think it’s easier to pour some grout renew into a plastic cup or small container so that I can dip the brush in.

Lightly scrub the Polyblend grout renew into the grout lines with the brush. This will help push the grout renew into the pours of the grout. That will help seal out future stains a bit longer too. Make sure you don’t get too much grout renew on the tile, that’ll make it easier to wipe off. Work in small sections, you need to wipe the grout renew off the tile before it dries.

Have a bunch of clean, dry rags on hand to wipe the grout renew off the tile. Again, you can see how I do this in the ‘how to whiten tile grout’ video link above, if it’s confusing. When you wipe the tile, 90% of the grout renew will stay on the grout. So, you don’t really have to worry about wiping it away. BUT, you can always do a second coat of grout renew in spots that need it. No need to wait for the first coat to dry, just apply it right then.

After you finished applying the grout renew to the whole floor, try to keep it dry for a few days so that the grout renew can completely cure. That’s it. Your done. Enjoy that new grout look!

Here's How to Whiten Tile Grout and seal grout in one easy DIY project. Actually, pick from 30 different grout colors for this, not just white. Here are the steps, how-to video, and before and after pictures from my Kitchen Floor Grout Makeover. #AbbottsAtHome #Grout #Kitchen #Bathroom #HomeImprovement
Everything looks clean and fresh again. I’m loving big floor runners in the kitchen these days. It’ll help protect the floor from some spills too. πŸ™‚
Here's How to Whiten Tile Grout and seal grout in one easy DIY project. Actually, pick from 30 different grout colors for this, not just white. Here are the steps, how-to video, and before and after pictures from my Kitchen Floor Grout Makeover. #AbbottsAtHome #Grout #Kitchen #Bathroom #HomeImprovement
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Thanks for checking out my ‘How to Whiten Tile Grout’ tutorial. If you’re looking for another DIY Kitchen Update? If you have crumbly grout along your counters, here’s how to fix it. πŸ™‚


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8 thoughts on “How to Whiten Tile Grout – Easy DIY Grout Makeover”

  1. Hi Stephanie!
    Thanks for sharing this helpful information. The difference is impressive! I have a master shower I may have to try this on. I want to let you know you’re one of my features this week at Homestyle Gathering. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m looking forward to what you share this week!
    >>> Kim

  2. It’s amazing how much cleaner it looks! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinning!
    Robin😊

  3. Thanks for this information and for the video. I need this for my master bath. Have been thinking
    about just regrouting but this looks much easier.

    Your kitchen floor looks great.

    Blessings, Nellie

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