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Unread 01-05-2022, 11:22 PM   #16
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What brand grout stain is a good one?

Hi everyone,
Thanks for all your help. The contractor is trying to tell me that the dirty looking white grout on the wall is just a difference in how the light hits it. I strongly disagree but I won't go into detail about that. A grout specialist came by to give me an opinion and said the color doesn't look like Bright White and the color is very inconsistent. The contractor wants to acid wash the tile before sealing. He says that will make it look better. The grout specialist said not to do that because it will compromise the grout and that you should use a PH neutral cleaner.
* Do you agree about the acid wash being a bad idea? If so, what is a safe cleaner (brand)?
* Is there a grout stain you recommend because I don't trust the contractor. I'll probably have to do it myself. Hopefully I will not make it worse.
* I assume it should be grout stained before sealing with a professional grade sealer. The problem is that the grout "stains" seem to have a sealer in them that is likely not as good as the professional grade sealer. If I use the grout stain will it keep the better sealer from penetrating as well?
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Unread 01-06-2022, 09:27 AM   #17
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If you use a grout colorant like Aquamix, you won't need a sealer. I'd say it is better than a professional sealer. However, it is a lot of work to apply the colorant and remove the excess, and you will have to apply it to all grout surfaces, not just the off color grout.

Perhaps another option is to remove two thirds of all the grout and apply an epoxy grout?
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Unread 01-12-2022, 10:37 PM   #18
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Pros / Cons of color staining brand new grout in shower

I am not happy with the bright white grout in my new bathroom. I have white 12x24 ceramic tile on the walls. The sanded grout job does not look good (looks dirty and not very white) and I don't think I'll win the battle with the general contractor to somehow regrout it. So I am considering white grout stain or colorant. It seems there is grout stain, grout colorant, and color sealers.
Which ones is best?
Is this a good or bad idea?
How long does it last?
Do I have to clean it a specific way first?
Any particular brand?

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Unread 01-13-2022, 12:20 AM   #19
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Hi, Sandi.

While I’ve seen very good results from grout colorants, you might not have the option at all. The colorant might not be suitable for a wet location. Whatever you’re considering, check to see if it’s suitable for a wet location.

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Unread 01-13-2022, 01:52 AM   #20
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grout colorant

Hi, The grout colorants I've researched say you can use them in showers.
I would think that coloring the grout is easy than removing the grout and regrouting. I would have to hire someone to do that and finance it by refusing to pay the contractor who did a poor job.
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