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    Thread: tile grout turning brown, what can I do?

    1. 10-25-2007 08:14 AM #1
      I did a tile job about 8 months ago. I used grout sealer from one of those big box stores and didn't think of it. Sure enough you are supposed to re-seal every 6 months with this product , and now the heavily trafficed ares are turning brown. What options do I have to get the grout back to its original color, and what can I use to keep it there?

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    2. 10-25-2007 10:13 AM #2
      The woman renting my townhouse apparently had never heard of a mop or broom, so I had some pretty nasty grout to clean up before our new renters moved in. I just used Soft Scrub with bleach and a grout brush. It took a good long while to get it clean, but it was freakin flawless afterwards.

    3. 10-25-2007 11:29 AM #3
      Did the grout go back to its original color, or did it turn white?

      What did you use to seal it after?

      I want this to hold as long as possible after all the hard work I put into it.


    4. 10-25-2007 11:37 AM #4
      Quote, originally posted by robhurlburt »
      Did the grout go back to its original color, or did it turn white?

      I had white grout, so yes and yes.

      I didn't have time to reseal it because the new folks were already moving in, so I'll be back out there next August scrubbing.


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      10-25-2007 12:38 PM #5
      Hmmm, I didn't know you're supposed to re-seal every 6 months either! Mine are turning brown as well. I think it may be time I take a trip down to the local Home Depot.
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    6. 10-25-2007 01:30 PM #6
      see mine is a light tan, almost yellow. I am not sure if bleach will make it white.

      The sealer I was using recommended every 6 months, but it says it lasted up to 2 years


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      10-25-2007 01:49 PM #7
      I sealed it when our place was new. 6 years ago.

      Time to get some of that soft scrub stuff I guess. Or anything else you recommend?

      I also took out the glass shower doors I had installed about 4 years ago. Man, what a PITA to take out the old silicone. I think I'm going to leave the doors off and just use a curtain.


    8. 10-25-2007 02:13 PM #8
      is it a different color?

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      10-25-2007 03:48 PM #9
      We got white grout so we just wash it with vinegar

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      10-25-2007 04:27 PM #10
      Its white. Or was.

    11. 10-25-2007 04:31 PM #11
      bummer. does anyone know what I can use for grout that is colored?

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      10-25-2007 06:44 PM #12
      Another vote for vinegar

      4/5 of my tiles have white grout and thats how i clean it. the vinegar does a spectacular job cleaning (its good for cleaning almost anything). never using white grout again for a tile job


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      10-25-2007 10:43 PM #13
      Vinegar? Good to know, good way to get rid of it. I hate the stuff

      Actually, it looks kinda off white


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    14. 10-31-2007 04:03 PM #14
      ok vinegar for white grout, I'll keep that in mind.

      Now if you have a colored grout, is there anything you can use for that?


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      04-24-2008 09:28 AM #15
      I'll be starting my grout cleaning project this weekend. Did a sample tile last night using a few of the methods mentioned in this thread. One in vinegar, one in soft scrub and one with a Clorox bleach pen (very handy!). The bleach pen sucks ass, don't try it lol. The vinegar worked well, but the soft scrub came out on top. Looks fantastic! I'll try to get some before and after shots over the weekend. I have HUGE tiled area (foyer, dining room, living room, nook & kitchen) so I'll probably just have the kitchen done and photographed this weekend. Wish me luck.

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