Help!! Can you lighten grout?

coistadJanuary 28, 2014
Is there a way to lighten grout color that has freshly been installed? My parents are building a house and in a last minute decision, told the tile contractor to use a darker grout bc they thought it would hide dirt better but forgot to consider what that would do to the aesthetic result! Is this fixable (without the painful task of tearing out all the grout and regrouting? Or are they stuck with it ?
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RosemaryR
I think the darker grout goes with the room.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 11:37PM
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shastacat
Yes you can- kaboom it for 24 hours... Mine turned white
    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 11:44PM
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Lampert Dias Architects, Inc.
I really wish tile contractors would learn to speak up about using dark grout. It is usually not a good choice.........

I have never heard of the product that the last commenter recommended. I hope it works.......

If it doesn't work, I would suggest scraping out a portion of the dark grout and replacing it with a light grout.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 12:13AM
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cani
Shastacat, exactly which kaboom product? I'd love to get the grout on my floor back to the original color.
    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 1:39AM
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sarabeth2
Lampert, why is dark grout not a good choice, "and wish tile contractors would learn to speak up about using dark grout"? Just curious. We are in the process of picking out grout for the kitchen floor tiles and wonder why we should not go with dark.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 2:06AM
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plum54
You could always try using a grout pen. This is purely a white broad-tipped marker pen generally used to cover over white grout that has become discoloured over time. Try on a piece of grout that is not seen first, such as behind the toilet. Otherwise, the grout will have to be removed and replaced with the correct colour.
Dremel do an attachment drill that removes grout.
    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 2:11AM
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joy5390
I wouldn't mess with it. From the posted pictures the tile looks quite nice, grout seems to go with the tile. You could cause a big problem trying to lighten it. It might not consistently lighten the same through out the room.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 3:12AM
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coistad
thanks all. we decided to leave it the way it is. way TOO difficult to remove grout or lighten it especially with the tiny mosaic tiles on full wall and tub deck. appreciate all the input.
    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 12:46PM
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