Months ago, I think it was the day after the grout guys left and we were feeling a little let down by the results, I ordered grout dye. The grout is the only thing about our floors that we don’t love. Which is hard to swallow, because it is the only part we didn’t do. Would the grout still have been splotchy and light in parts if we did it ourselves? Very possibly–a bunch of you have said you had the same issue. But at least we wouldn’t be out a few hundred dollars and only mad at ourselves. Fortunately, the focus on the disappointing grout was short-lived. We really forgot about it altogether. Having a baby will do that, I guess. But now that things have settled down a bit, I thought I’d try that grout dye out in a small section to see if it was going to be worth it to do the whole floor.
I decided to work in the 4th bathroom (soon to be pantry) off of the kitchen since a few rows of tile in here will be covered eventually if I didn’t like the way this experiment turned out. Also, the grout in here is especially light and splotchy, which would make for a dramatic difference.
After researching a bunch of products, this one came highly recommended. It comes in a lot of different colors, but I ordered cocoa–a warm brown, similar to the grout color we originally chose for the floors–mocha. Ha! The instructions on the back are very clear and easy. You basically 1. apply a bead onto the grout lines. 2. Spread evenly in a back and forth motion, working the colorant into the grout lines with a toothbrush (I used a clean mascara wand).
Then you 3. let it dry for at least an hour (no more than 12). And come back and 4. lightly mist with water, set for 5 minutes and wipe off using a white nylon scrub pad.
The results were really good! Exactly what we envisioned when we first started this project. Here’s another look from a little further away at the before:
The expected wear of this product is 15 years. Years! This is different than the grout paint that I have used before in our last laundry room–this actually dyes the grout. Am I excited about going over every grout line in 1500sq feet? No. Not at all. In fact, as soon as I saw that it worked well, I let out a big sigh because I realized what I was facing, but I am going to take it a little at a time. I do think it will be worth the work, especially since Chris put so much time into the floors already. We want them to look their best! Stay tuned…or feel free to come over and help. Don’t forget the knee pads! ;)