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July 19, 2013

Product Review – Polyblend Grout Renew

By Andrea

So, I am calling my post today a product review, but it’s a little more than that! I’ve got a bit of a story on the lengths I have gone to in trying to preserve the vintage tile in my bathroom.

Our house was built in 1949, however it has had a very late 80s/early 90s renovation. The previous owners taste in paint colours was definitely not our esthetic, either, but that’s usually an easy fix. Anyway, this brings me to our main bathroom, which looked like this when we bought our house:


Yes, that is painted bathroom tile with stencilled sunflowers and moons. I might add that everything in our house was painted either that terracotta, pale yellow or sage green. I am still working on getting rid of all of it! Anyway, as you might imagine, painted tile is not great in the shower, especially when it is just regular latex wall paint.


This was our first bathroom fix. We painted over the paint with a water resistant paint. However, this was only a temporary fix (which we knew it would be). Eventually I got to work and scraped off the approximately 8,000,000 layers of paint that were on the tile.


I was super excited about the tile that I uncovered, because A) it’s blue, and I love a blue bathroom and B) I am pretty sure it is the original tile. It’s not the most common bathroom tile for the time period (you can see the same tile but in pink in this story on RetroRenovation.com), but I think it’s quite pretty. However, the years of paint definitely took it’s toll on the grout – this picture is literally right after cleaning my bathroom (and for probably the thousandth time, since we lived with this grout for awhile). The terracotta colour had embedded the grout and would seep back through. Gross.

Regrouting would have been the best, most proper solution. However, the problem is that this is our main bathroom and we didn’t really want to go for many days without showering while we removed the old grout and regrouted. However, I came across this product in the hardware store:


This stuff worked great! Super easy to apply, and it only had to dry for 48 hours – I applied it before we went away for the weekend, and the bathroom was ready to be showered in again by the time we came back.


Here’s my bathroom tiles now! Looks much better with the grout looking clean for more than a minute. It’s been about three weeks since I applied it, and there’s no sign of it wearing or coming off.

If you’re looking to preserve your original tiles in your mid century home, but the grout needs a pick me up, definitely give the Polyblend Grout Renew a try.

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13 Responses to Product Review – Polyblend Grout Renew

  1. RetroRuth Reply

    July 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Holy cats! I can’t imagine how much work it was to scrap all the paint off of those tiles. It looks worlds better though, great job!

    • Andrea Reply

      July 20, 2013 at 1:52 am

      Thanks! It took a long time and a lot of organic paint stripper! When I uncovered the first blue tile though, I knew I wanted to keep working at it, since there aren’t that many original details left in our house.

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    July 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Wow! I am impressed…..all that paint scraping on ALL those tiles……I can only imagine all that tedious work! It looks like Polyblend really did the trick for you – that grout looks amazing and perfect now! And I agree – those tiles are super cute….good on you for bringing them out to shine again!

    • Andrea Reply

      July 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

      Thanks, Sara! I agree that it was worth the effort!

  3. Monique Reply

    March 29, 2014 at 7:08 am

    That looks great! Who would paint over tile thats terrible! Is the polyblend still holding up well 8 months later?

    • Andrea Reply

      March 31, 2014 at 10:32 am

      It is still holding up well, Monique! It has held up so well I am thinking about using the polyblend to change the grout colour on some floor tiles in my bathroom. Still looks as good today as the day I did it.

      • Gabbi Reply

        July 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

        Hi Andrea,

        What did you do to prep the grout before you used the GroutRenew?

        • Andrea Reply

          July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

          Hi Gabbi -I didn’t do much, just gave it a good cleaning

  4. lisa Reply

    April 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    My back splash in kitchen is small grout lines and have small brush. Can i let paint dry on tile then wipe off

    • Andrea Reply

      April 13, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      I wouldn’t let it dry, if you need to wipe it off, do it while it is still wet,

  5. Parker Reply

    July 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Hi! I found your site reading about the grout renew. What do you use to clean your shower with? I read another review that said it came right off when they cleaned there shower, but I am thinking they just used something too powerful. Thanks!!

    • Andrea Reply

      July 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Hi Parker – I bet you’re right, I am guessing they did use something overly harsh. I use eco friendly cleaners, usually for the bathroom tile I use the method brand bathroom cleaner.

  6. Todd Reply

    May 17, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I am very worried about longevity on grout paint. Is it holding up.

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