Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kitchen Floors

I'm almost embarrassed to show you these photos.
White grout.  It's the bane of my existence.
I've spent many many hours on my knees scrubbing the grout between the tiles on our kitchen floor with a toothbrush.
Evidently, someone thought it was a great idea to put WHITE grout in a kitchen.  
That may or may not have been me.
And after 6 years of living here, and 6 years of scrubbing it with bleach, grout pens, sealer, you name it, this is how it looks.


Remember, it's supposed to be WHITE.


Pretty, huh?
No matter how much I cleaned our kitchen, it still felt dirty because of this nasty grout and I really thought our only hope was to rip it all up and put down something new.  But, we just don't have the time for that right now with the grand opening of our shop coming up.  So, what's a girl to do?

I've seen several blogs lately mention a product called grout refresher and while I was pretty skeptical, I decided to make a trip to Lowe's to try it out cause I just couldn't stand looking at our dirty stained grout any longer.  With holiday decorating right around the corner, I wanted our kitchen floor to be pretty again.

So, I grabbed a bottle of this stuff in white and settled in for another night of crawling around on my knees on the kitchen floor.


And boy, was it ever worth it.  This stuff is amazing.....take a look at the afters.


How's that for clean WHITE grout!  I was absolutely amazed!  
And I love our kitchen floor again!


 I did the kitchen, laundry and 1/2 bath off the laundry and even the counter tops and I feel like our floors are brand new again.
We still have the two cracked tiles in the doorway to the laundry and in a perfect world, of course I would love to have installed rustic wood floors in here but who am I kidding.  That's not something I want to dig into right now, nor have the time for.  And who cares!  With the floors looking new and CLEAN again, I'm totally happy.

If you decide to try this product out for yourself, here are a few things I learned while using it.

*A little goes a long way.  I applied small drops directly to an old toothbrush and applied that way instead of applying directly to grout.  Somehow less was used that way which is a lot easier when it's time to wipe off the excess. 

* Try to keep as much excess off the tile as possible because it is a bit difficult to remove once the wait period is over.

Other than those two things, I followed the directions on the bottle.

Have a great day!

P.S.  I'm NOT being compensated for this post by the Mapei company and they don't know me.  I just happen to have seen this used in blogland and wanted to try it out for myself and am totally happy with the results and wanted to share in case any one else suffers with grout issues.  :)


35 comments:

  1. Love how this product works. Wish I knew about it when I had ceramic floors. I have posted about your bread boards on my blog. Linda

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  2. Wow it looks brand new. Great job!

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  3. You've convinced me! I'm going to pick up some the next time I'm at Lowe's.

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  4. WOW! that stuff really works! looks great!

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  5. i have a bottle of that stuff right now waiting for me to start on my grout! i hand painted my grout lines about 4 years ago b/c i was so tired of them looking dirty...that lasted for a little while but now they looked ugly and dirty again. the only reason i haven't started is i'm not sure about the color i ordered..maybe to yellowish...so i might have to get a lighter color.

    if i ever get my floors done i'll let you know!

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  6. That looks great! I'm thinking I may have to check this stuff out. Haven't had time to scrub the floors at the farm yet...mopped them but they need a good scrubbing. Thinking the grout's not going to come very clean looking.

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  7. Good morning, Diana...I am totally showing this to my twinsie. We just hot rid of the last of our white tile over a year ago...and oh.my.goodness, I would have loved to use this liquid gold. :) have a wonderful day, sweet friend of mine.

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  8. I can't wait to try this on my counters! When we moved into our new house the one thing I hated was the tiled counter tops. I also have a few cracked tiles but a remodel is still a few years away so I'm going to try and spruce up the gross white grout on out counters with this stuff! Thanks!

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  9. Looks lovely and I am enjoying all the shop updates... so exciting for you!

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  10. Wow, thank you for this! Just the other day I was thinking that I need to do something to clean the grout on the kitchen floor! Dreaded the work it would involve! I may actually get around to it if it's this simple:) Now to find the product!

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  11. Simply amazing. Does it come in other colors?

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  12. I have tile on my kitchen counters...it came with the house. I hate it..I just think it is nasty and dirty! Who puts tile on a counter for crud to get in it. I think maybe I'll have to try this. I do have tile floors too! I may be shopping this weekend...then scrubbing! Thanks for the info..your floor looks great! Katie

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  13. Wow! That's amazing! I'd love to try it. Do you know if it comes in other shades?
    Thanks!
    Kim

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  14. Sorry - I just saw your response to that question. I'm gonna check it out for sure.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  15. I think I told you in the last post about your kitchen floor that we have the EXACT same problem and it has been bugging me since we moved into the house. Alex even dremeled out all the grout and put new grout in thinking it just wasn't sealed (and I picked white again) and sure enough, it still gets super dirty and gross constantly. It embarrasses me when we have friends over :( oh and Alex reminds me that I picked white again. I am getting that stuff! Is it a cleaner or is it like a cover? If it is a cover I wonder if I could pick a gray tone? Another question- is it at a store or for sale online? THANK YOU for writing this and showing pics!!!! I can't wait to fix mine!

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    1. Carla, it is a cover, not a cleaner and they do have other colors. I got it at Lowes in the tile area. There are actually two different brands but this is the one I grabbed. It is the consistency of mustard and goes on very easy using a toothbrush as long as you don't put too much on the toothbrush. Love this stuff! I know what you mean about being embarrassed when people come over. I was too! But not anymore and now I can't wait to decorate the kitchen for the holidays! Woohoo! Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

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  16. Oh my gosh. I am LITERALLY yelling at my kids to get their shoes on as I type this- we are off to Lowes! AMAZING!! My kitchen floor is also the bane of my existence... white grout...ugh. SOOO EXCITED!!! Thanks for the tip!

    PS Lowes owes you one!

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  17. Oh Lordie me my weekend plans just changed .....Thanks!

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  18. How funny-I did an almost identical post today, though I used a different product. I used Grout Shield, but it seems to be pretty much the same thing, a cover/recolor/sealer...I, like you, am THRILLED! Of course my hands and body are pretty sore after crawling around for the better half of the day! Ha! My grout was a greige-ish color and had turned really dark, and I've been so embarrassed to have anyone over because it was light in some places, super dark in others, you know, I'm sure! I just wanted to let your other readers know - the company I went through can custom match any color and you aren't limited to whats on the shelf at the store, just in case they needed something different like I did...Glad you have nice clean floors now too!

    Chris {aka Freckle Face Girl}

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  19. I wish I had found this product first, but I can't complain because I finally have clean white grout and tiles. I found a site recently when browsing that talked about Mr.Clean Magic Erasers and all the uses for them. Well I decided that since they could be used for many things (like who knew - cleaning white runners) that maybe it would work on my dingy tile and grout. And wow did they ever come clean! It was a lot of work, but the result not so frustrating as all the other products I have tried over the last four years. I will have to get your product - may save me some time and elbow grease?

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  21. By the way the site I was referring to about uses for magic erasers was found at http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/07/do-you-believe-in-magic-erasers.html

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  22. Hi! I already commented, but I had to come back to say that my floors look AMAZING. A. MAZ. ING. Seriously... Thank you so much for the tip!!

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  23. Your grout looks great and I know how frustrating it is to try and get it clean. I also posted about using Grout Refresh this summer and still love it. We have a busy home, boys who spend lots of time in a barn, a dog and no mudroom so our tile takes quite a beating. We found the same Mapei product at Rona in Canada.

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  24. Hi! Diana. Great job for your kitchen floor before and after. Thanks for sharing that useful info.

    Cork tiles for kitchen

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  25. It's me again :) I had to let you know that I tried this last week because my mom was coming for a visit and I really wanted the house to look nice- grout included. I think ours looked even worse than yours and it turned out AMAZING! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for spreading the word about this stuff! It worked miracles! You are awesome!

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    1. Oh yay!! Isn't it the best!? I love my floors now, they look so clean!! Glad you are enjoying yours too!

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  26. Went to Lows last night and bought this product. It was great to be able to pull up your blog and show the them exactly what I wanted by using my phone. I hope to get the great results you achieved. Thanks for blogging about your experiences.

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  27. Really nice, anyone can do this to give new look to their tiles, such kind of tips are always welcome as they are really helpful to perform these simple jobs at home.

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  28. I had a horrible experience with this, but it turned into a wonderful experience. Several months ago I used this on the entry way with just OK results. I followed the directions exactly. Then I did the kitchen. Well I screwed up somehow, maybe used too much water I don't know. But it was a sloppy horrible mess. I was so upset that I walked away and ignored it for SIX MONTHS. Just recently I was depressed about it and I thought to myself "well I screwed up the floor already I might as well go for broke and test a theory. " So I got a slim paint brush, laid on the floor in my bathroom and THICKLY painted this into the grout. I mean, precision time here, I mean OCD time consuming nerves of unflinching steel. I did 4 squares, let it dry over night and it was STUNNING! It was gorgeous! I did nothing like the directions. Seriously painted it in there and walked away. Since then I did the long hallway, the entire bathroom, the kitchen and dinette area. I live alone but I am sloppy and have not noticed that water from the shower it interfering with this. I have one more bathroom to do and I will have used less than 1 and a half bottles. Now before I redid the kitchen, I soaked the tile in spots with hot water and used a putty knife and scraped up the whitener from the tile only. It came off easily but it was time consuming. I am so glad I "went back to the drawing board" and got it right.

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