How to Stain Grout

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Staining grout adds color to the space between tiles, which can help tie the room together and make the tile really pop. Learn how to stain grout with the help of this free video presented by a successful contractor.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade. I'm a contractor from the city of Los Angeles. Today I'm going to show you how to stain grout. Here we are at our little sample area and you decide you want to change the appearance of your tile without getting into a big hoorah whether you're changing all the tiles, ripping out all the grout. You can just simply stain the grout, give it a different color and that will change its appearance in a very economical way. After you have gone over it and you have replaced, repaired any of the old grout, just made it look nice and fresh and just, you know, ready to change the color. You'll want to go down to your home center, pick up some grout stain, read and follow the directions, very very basic and simple. What I'm using here is I'm using kind of a red color which is going to kind of give that you that, just a real contrast so you can understand what you're looking at for video purposes. But I've mixed some up in this cup here and I find it's easier just to put it on with a Q-tip, that way it's not making a mess all over the, all over your tile and you just basically want to run it across the grout lines, you know, just get it in there, apply a little bit of pressure, just get it in all the areas. Like I said red is kind of an obnoxious color, but sitting in your house watching this video right now you'll really be able to get to see what we're doing if I went with a lighter color, kind of gives you the idea. I would suggest going with a darker color than what your tile is already, your existing tile is. Otherwise, you kind of defeat the purpose of the project. There's plenty of colors to choose from, very easy to apply, just get it in there, let it set for a few minutes. Don't worry about getting on the ceramic tile. It will, or whatever tile you're using, it will come right up. You just want to grab your rag, I mean your sponge and just wipe it up. Just wipe it up lightly. Dip it in some water and away you go. And that's how you would stain your grout. Nothing to it.

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