How to Change the Color of Ceramic Tile Grout

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For any number of reasons, you may end up with grout between your ceramic tiles that isn't quite what you were hoping for. The grout may have turned a shade lighter or darker than you were expecting as it dried. Another common problem is varying tint from one batch of grout to another. Whatever your problem, rest assured that there is an easy solution that will leave you with evenly colored grout that looks just like you imagined it would.

Things You'll Need

  • Oxygen bleach Oil-based grout stain Paintbrush with a square, 1/4-inch tip

Staining Your Grout

  • Allow the existing grout to dry and cure completely. If you have just installed new grout, you should wait 30 days before staining it.

  • Clean the grout and tiles. Oxygen bleach can be used to remove dirt and grime from the grout without damaging it. If you have delicate tiles that you are concerned about damaging, scrub the grout with soap and water.

  • Apply grout stain carefully with a paintbrush. If you are having trouble staying on the lines, consider covering the tile edges with masking tape.

  • Allow the stain to dry completely before cleaning or sealing the tiles. You may apply a second coat of stain if you would like a darker color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Staining your grout will not make dark grout lighter. It can only be used to darken grout or even out an inconsistent finish. To lighten the grout you will need to scrape it out and reinstall.

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