Frustrated with new tile grout


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Old 03-28-08, 09:14 AM
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I've recently had a complete kitchen remodel including brand new tile. The tile is porcelain 20" X 20" (or close) with a 1/4" grout spacing. The grout color is white, and after 3 months it already looks dirty and darkened in areas. About 2 months ago I scrubbed the grout with a Lowes "off-the-shelf" grout cleaner (useless); soap and water; and lastly--diluted bleach solution. Then I applied a sealer (the kind that soaks into the grout). Still, the grout remains with a pale grey hue in the highly trafficked areas. What should I do? Stain the grout dark??

Thanks in advance,

Majac777
 
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Old 03-28-08, 09:51 AM
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I've heard of people having success with those steam cleaners when cleaning their grout.

Grouts by nature are very porous and can get dirty easily because of the porosity. All the sealer in the world doesn't change that fact. White grout doesn't help of course.
 
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As of now, you've sealed in the dirt that darkened it. Whether you could have gotten it clean before sealing is not a certainty.
 
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Old 03-28-08, 02:38 PM
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Is the grout a sanded grout?

Here's a "Bud-Trick" you might try and see what happens, it may be worth a shot.

If the grout is sanded grout you may be able to "sand it". Use some 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around a pencil or dowel. Try rubbing the grout without scratching the tile edges and see if that works. If it does you can then immediately seal the grout (after vacuuming) and hope for the best. I would try this in an inconspicuous location even tho the grout probably isn't as dirty in that area. At least you will know if the process is feasible.
 
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Thanks to you all for your help!

Is it feasible to stain my sanded grout to a darker color?

Regards, Majac777
 
 

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