This is NOT a sponsored post, simply me raving about a product I wish I would have used a year ago when we bought this place!
The first step into our front doors were quickly followed by an “ew”. Exactly like Jimmy Fallon would say as Sara …
There was orange tile staring back at us the second our eyes were able to turn from the hideous red trim. Every corner we turned on the first floor we were hoping it would end in the foyer. It followed us into the kitchen, lucky us, the laundry room, oh, and the 1/2 bath.
The “EW!” factor was real – and the price factor for what it would be to take it out and replace it with hardwoods was not an option. Day in and day out I spent hours trying to keep this grout tile clean. We pulled out the stove one day to clean underneath it and that is when we saw what the cleaner grout was capable of looking like.
Toothbrushes, tens of cleaners and hours of wasted time later I was left with the same filthy grout. Inspired by the one and only YoungHouseLove, who have retired in the blogging world (insert sad face) Sheri painted the tile grout in their foyer and the difference was jaw dropping.
The product is PolyBlend Grout Renew, I ran my stubby legs to Home Depot SO fast to pick it up! We chose platinum for the color. Fair warning, this takes time, plenty of it. Obviously having little ones running around in circles did not help me move as swiftly as I intended, but about 10 hours of time later split up in a few day period, I was done and completely doing the happy dance.
Can you believe that is even the same corner in our foyer?! I know the color is light, it is a light gray shade. It is bound to get dirty, but let me tell you I would rather paint these lines once a year than waste all of the hours I did in the past cleaning them again!
The process is tedious yet therapeutic all in one swoop. You literally, using an artist brush, paint on each individual line. Wiping away the edging for a perfectly straight look and moving onto the next. I found a 2 line max allowing me enough time to wipe off the excess without it drying, which than requires some scraping with your finger nail.
Our bathroom prior to the new grout.
It feels SO clean now! My tips for using this PolyBlend Grout Renew are as follows ….
Block off sections at a time, do not over do it. Leave the space you need to walk around your house with ease and not playing “don’t step on the crack!” I lost it a few times when Olive Oil smeared paint all over our kitchen! Paint in 2 line increments, wiping with toilet paper using your finger. Last but not least, let it cure for a few hours before prancing all over it! It says 24 hours on the bottle, with this heat and humidity within 6 or so hours it was dry to the touch.