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How to make your tile grout look like new

How to make tile grout look like new

We have found that over time, the white grout over our bath tends to blacken, which certainly isn’t a good look. I’ve been searching for a way to make our tile grout look like new without replacing it.

Tile grout

I definitely like to show you the good, the bad and the ugly. And ugly that definitely is!

We have a shower over the bath, so I think that the mould likes to grow due to the water hitting the tiles at the side. Cleaning, even with mould remover, doesn’t completely get rid of the discolouration, so we decided we needed to use something to whiten the grout again.

We used a Ronseal White Grout Pen, which we got from B&Q.

Ronseal White Grout Pen

First of all, I cleaned the grout and tiles and then left them to dry.

After shaking the grout pen, you literally use it like a normal pen. It does say not to be too heavy handed because the paint will come out too fast and overflow, which I can imagine would happen, because the product does come out really easily and quickly.

Ronseal White Grout Pen

If any of the product goes onto the tiles, it can be wiped off with a damp cloth. It does require a steady hand to keep within the lines of the grout and after leaning over the bath doing it for a very short amount of time, I had to get Dan to help me out to finish it off.

How to make tile grout look like new

As you can see, the pen made our tile grout look like new! It does say to leave it to dry for 24 hours, although I left it for about 21 hours before having a shower, and I didn’t have any problems.

We have used this pen before, and we found that the grout stayed white for quite some time.

So much quicker and easier than replacing the grout!

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  • Reply
    Georgina Beth
    20th July 2016 at 21:15

    That is so smart and simple, never knew this existed!

    Thank you for your comment on my blog x
    Georgina | Georgina Clarke Blog

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    21st July 2016 at 15:50

    It’s made such a difference! You are more than welcome x

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    Jenny Ross
    24th July 2016 at 18:42

    This is really effective! I'm actually looking to get rid of my current grout and buy a charcoal grout for inbetween by tiles to give it more of a rustic feel! X
    Jenny / http://www.borntoblend.co.uk

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    26th July 2016 at 18:06

    Ooooh that sounds cool! I've heard it's a good idea to have dark grout in between tiles behind the hob in the kitchen because white shows up any food that splashes onto it, which does make sense x

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    26th July 2016 at 18:27

    I spent 3 hours scrubbing my bathroom with bleach! I wish I had this haha.

    Corinne x

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    E V E L Y N
    26th July 2016 at 19:56

    I came across this when I was searching for the exact same solution! Thanks so much for the tip – I live in a rented shared house so this will certainly come in handy 🙂 Adding your blog to my RSS feed too! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    27th July 2016 at 18:18

    Oh no that doesn't sound like fun lol! x

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    27th July 2016 at 18:19

    You're more than welcome – I hope it helps 🙂 It has made ours look so much better! Thank you 🙂 x

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    Holly Shannon
    16th August 2016 at 13:16

    Our grout looks awful now, especially on the floor where we have black tiles! I'm definitely going to check this out as it's such a great job on yours, thank you!! 🙂 x
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    17th August 2016 at 13:55

    I hate it when grout ends up looking ugly! I really hope it helps 🙂 x

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    9th October 2016 at 16:44

    Oh this looks great, I’m so excited that I’ve seen this, we actually noticed this has started to happen in our bathroom and in desperate need of sorting it out since we are redecorating everywhere and it all looks nice except that on the tiles! BTW I have those exact tiles haha!

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      10th October 2016 at 17:17

      Haha you must have good taste 🙂 It makes such a difference! I’m so glad I found an easy way to whiten it all again.

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