As a homeowner I am constantly researching ways I can save money on repairs by doing them myself. I always want the DIY answer to be relatively easy (hey, we’re not all Pinterest superstars here!) and if the solution also uses only all natural ingredients than even better.
This happens to check off both of those boxes, and all you’re going to need is a little bit of time and a whole lot of coffee (for both you, and this project!)
The Simple Steps to Refreshing Your Grout
Grout (typically a paste that fills in the gaps and cracks between tiles) will begin to appear cracked, loose, and sometimes even discolored over time. Rather than hiring someone to dig out the old grout and replace it entirely, I will instead spill the beans on just how easy it is to stain it yourself:
- First, be sure you have the necessary supplies: 1 cup of fresh coffee grounds, up to 3/4 a cup of brewed coffee, and an old toothbrush. Next, you will need to clean your grout and decide how dark you want to stain your grout lines. A lighter roast of coffee will produce a lighter shade of brown while a darker roast will produce a deeper brown.
- You will then put 1 cup of the coffee grounds into a bowl and add ½ to ¾ a cup of brewed coffee and mix to form a paste.
- Now you can grab your old toothbrush and work the paste into your grout. Don’t forget to be careful of overly porous tile and to keep a towel nearby to wipe away any extra paste. You may want to first test the paste on a small area (maybe inside a closet) before fully committing.
- The paste will have to sit on the grout lines for a few hours in order for it to set in. So grab a book or open up some Netflix while you wait – you deserve it!
- Once you have reached your desired shade of brown; apply a grout sealer over the stain after it has dried.
If you feel like this is still a lot of work, then consider calling a professional cleaning team to revive your grout! Sometimes we simply just don’t have the time for DIY projects and that’s ok. Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any tips on DIY grout staining!