July 19, 2013Product Review – Polyblend Grout Renew
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.