Old, dingy, stained grout can make even the most beautiful tile design look worn and outdated, and often changing grout color seems the best way to refresh it. On the other hand, you may have become unhappy with decisions you made when you were initially choosing grout color, and now want to change the look of your tile. Whatever your reasons, it's not as difficult as you may think to change grout color, and the transformation it can make to the look of your tile is dramatic.
There are two basic methods for changing grout color:
1. The easiest way to change grout color is to stain it. There are plenty of products on the market that will allow you to do this, and some of them are sealants as well as stains, which will save you a step. Once you've cleaned your grout and chosen the right stain, you simply paint the dry grout with the stain and paintbrush, allow it to dry, and clean off the excess.
No matter how you decide to change it, choosing grout color is the most important step in the process.
2. Another way to change grout color is to replace it entirely. This is not as difficult as you might expect, as long as you use the appropriate tools and techniques. You'll need an oscillating tool or a rotary tool like a Dremel, safety glasses, a dull utility knife, a small flathead screwdriver, and a shop vac. First using the power tool, then the flathead screwdriver and utility knife, then the shop vac, remove the grout from between the tiles. After you're finished, replace the grout with the tile grout color you've selected.
Use a tile grout color chart to really get a good idea of the end result, and remember, dark grout is more dramatic, while light grout often blends in. Think about how you're using the grout, and whether the tile grout color you choose is going to look the way you want it to, and serve the function it needs to serve. If you're looking for a wide variety of options in tile grout color, check out
Starlike® grout, which comes in 94 shades and can be used as fixative, grout, and sealant. Starlike® grout can be used for a variety of tiles, including glass tiles, and some shades even have reflective and refractive properties.
Change Grout Color with Starlike® Products
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