At the beginning of this year we showed you how we made minimal progress on our disgusting grout in our master. We started with this:
And as of last week it was about where we left off.
Shortly after failing at really rejuvenating our grout, I saw a few people post about Polyblend Grout Renew. I decided to pick up a bottle to try it out and proceeded to have it sit on our counter for the last six months. Well, in a renewed effort this week, I decided to attack the grout with a few new tools.
First, I took out all of the really badly installed caulk. This was not as easy a task as I was hoping but after a couple of hours I got it all up (and trust me... it was not caulk meant for showers and it was nasty)
Unfortunately that really didn't make any sort of visual difference... at all
Since I wasn't sure how well the caulk was actually protecting the seams, next, I went over everything with a bleach pen to kill any lingering grossness. Plus I figured it wouldn't hurt in the whitening department although it didn't really make a noticeable difference. I let that sit for a couple of hours and then cleaned everything really well. I let the bathroom dry (with a fan on it) overnight before the next step.
Even though this took awhile it was a big change when I was done. Then there were just a couple more things to do. The marble threshold was broken in two pieces so Nate bought and trimmed down a new one and I popped the old one off, cleaned everything up, put down new adhesive and put the new piece of marble down.
Then I caulked all of the seams. We used a special mildew resistant caulk and it was much thicker and stickier than normal caulk and I really like how it smoothed out so there aren't any little nooks and crannies for mold and mildew to hide in.
It's definitely a huge improvement but something that is now bugging me is that once the grout was white it became noticeable that the wall tile is white but the floor tile is a slight bisque color. It's more noticeable in person than in pictures but it definitely confirms our decision to eventually gut this bathroom.
For now though, this is a much more pleasant place to shower. I mean, just take a look at the before, middle and after pics!
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