One of the latest trends in home décor is colored grout. Grout can be colored the same color as your tile to provide a monotone look or you can add a color that provides a stunning contrast to make your tile pop. If you like the colored grout look but do not want to completely replace your grout, you are in luck. There is a way to change the color of your grout without replacing it. In this case, you will use a colorant to give the grout the look you are going for. Here are the steps you will need to take.
Inspect the Grout
The first thing you will have to do is inspect your grout to determine if it will be able to take the colorant. The grout will need to be porous in order for the color to absorb. Therefore, if it has a sealant over it, you may not be able to color it. The tile will also need to be glazed so it does not stain. If you are not sure whether your grout will be suitable, test a small area in advance before proceeding.
Clean the Grout
You will need to apply the colorant to a clean, dry surface. Therefore, you will want to clean the grout thoroughly and let it dry completely before coloring.
Tape Off the Tile
This step is optional but it’s a great way to protect your tile from staining. Painter’s tape is recommended as it will not leave a residue on surfaces. Be aware, that if you choose to use tape, you will have to work in limited sections applying and removing the tape as you go.
Next, use a special grout brush or a pen filled with grout dye to apply the colorant according to manufacturer’s directions. Work in small sections at a time.
Wipe of Excess Colorant
If any colorant gets on the tiles, it’s best to wipe it off as quickly as possible. Even though colorant may stay on a well glazed tile for up to two hours without staining, why take the risk? Have a rag handy so you are able to wipe off stains ASAP.
Let Grout Dry
Let grout dry completely. This can take up to 24 hours but you want to make sure it’s completely dry before proceeding. Once dry, you can apply a sealant. This step is also optional but it will make the color look darker and shinier and it will also help keep it from fading, staining and getting dirty.
Now that you know how to color your grout without completely removing it, you are ready to give your tiles an updated look without a lot of hassle. Which color schemes will you create in your home? Call us today to schedule your free consultation!