Cleaning Tip: Refresh Dirty Or Dull Tile Grout
Looking to give bathroom or kitchen tiles a makeover - try refreshing dirty tile grout without the hassle.
I'm all for eco-friendly cleaning and using natural materials instead of toxic chemicals, but when you work every day and sometimes even on weekends, finding the time to do something eco-friendly just isn't an option when the job needs to be done as quickly as possible.
Take refreshing tile grout for instance. There are plenty of ways to refresh tile grout, but not all of them give you instant results without some hard work involved.
REFRESH TILE GROUT THE EASY WAY
I must admit to being disappointed when Plascon took their grout pen off the market. It was such as easy way to give tiles a makeover without too much effort. Simple shake and apply for a long-lasting refresh for tiles in bathrooms and kitchens. It has been a while and I have tried lots of other methods for cleaning and refreshing grout but nothing is as fast as a grout paint pen.
Now available at Builders stores countrywide, the Sista Grout range offers two products: a Grout Reviver pen that is super-easy to apply over grout lines and a Quick Fix for grout. Both products are easy to apply and give you instant results.
REPAIR GROUT LINES WITH A GROUT RAKE
If the grout around your bathroom or kitchen tiles needs more than a paint pen to fix it up, there is always the option of removing and replacing the old grout. Doing it this way lets you choose a grout colour if you want something a bit different. No special tools needed other than a grout rake that you can buy at Builders or your local hardware store.
The downside of this method is the amount of time it takes to remove all the existing grout. Be prepared to spend at least a weekend removing and re-applying new grout.
REMOVE OLD GROUT WITH A DREMEL MULTITOOL
For me, the easiest and fastest way to remove old grout is by using a Dremel Multitool and Grout Removal Attachment. This method is far quicker than doing it by hand, so great if you have very little spare time on your hands. You will find detailed instructions for removing grout with a Dremel Multitool in this article.
CLEAN GROUT USING ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
If you prefer to use eco-friendly methods and natural cleaning products to refresh dirty grout, we did a bit of research on the various cleaning options out there and can let you know which work and which are a waste of time. Keep in mind, however, that all the methods shown in the article require some elbow grease (hard scrubbing).
Not everything in life is easy. Sometimes you just have to compromise if you want to be eco-friendly and do 'your bit' for the environment. But when you work hard all day and enjoy your time off, sometimes the easy option is the best solution. Refreshing tile grout only needs to be done every few years and if you can do the job faster using a grout pen who would blame you!