Grout Staining: Tricks and Techniques Grout Staining: Tricks and Techniques
Grout staining is a technique used to recolor grout, reseal or refresh it. This technique is better than having to go back and grout an entire surface all over again. Grout staining enhances the grout longevity and is great for remodeling.
Applying Grout Staining
The existing grout needs to be cleaned with a cleaner that will remove dirt. Grout stain can be applied with a toothbrush or a grout brush applicator. The key is to wipe the excess stain away from the tile as you apply it. The grout stain will penetrate into the surface.
Staining on Natural Stone
If you are going to stain on porcelain or ceramic tiles, the extra stain can be wiped off. For natural stones, the stain can be absorbed into the tile. If you are grouting a natural stone, it is best to seal it well using a penetrating sealer beforehand, so that excess stain can be wiped off.
Epoxy Grout Stain
Using an epoxy grout stain is recommended since it is not oil or solvent based. It can be cleaned with soap and water. It is water resistant and leaves grout looking natural instead of painted.