I revived my dirty bathroom grout using £8 grout pen in 20 minutes

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Grout is an essential part of any bathroom, as it fills in the spaces between tiles, but due to its porous nature, it can grow mould and mildew.

Many people don’t even notice that their grout is getting dirty until is discolours, turning a red or dark brown colour.

Not only is this unpleasant to the eye, it can also be a hotspot for germs and bacteria, which is best kept out of the bathroom.

After tirelessly cleaning my bathroom grout, I decided it wasn’t enough and although re-grouting wasn’t an option, I turned to the next best thing, a grout pen.

I purchased my grout pen from B&Q for £8.50 but they do a cheaper brand for just £3.95 online. I opted for the V33 White Matt Grout pen which comes with 15ml of product.

The description reads: “This grout pen will touch up, lighten or renovate tile grouting. Can be used after painting to redefine grout lines.

“It is highly opaque and fast drying, easy to use like a pen and has low odour as well as being non-toxic.”

Using a grout pen is as easy as it seems, and you simply draw over the grout with the new white colour, and it worked brilliantly.

I started in small sections to ensure I covered all of the grout, making sure the grout and tiles were fully dry before attempting to use the pen.

Some areas of the grout needed to be drawn over twice, while others only took one swipe of the pen before they looked brand new.

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I purchased two pens just in case the first one ran out but I managed to use it on my whole bathroom without it stopping.

The only difficulty I found was that the pen nib was slightly too big for my grout so I had to angle it to ensure all of the grout was covered, but this didn’t take too much longer.

While grout pens may not be a permanent issue, they can be an affordable and easy way to help homeowners transform their homes.

There is a huge variety of different brands on the market which can be picked up from any DIY store as well as some retailers like B&M.

I will definitely be using grout pens in the future when my grout needs some more TLC.

Before trying a grout pen, it is worth cleaning the affected area to see whether or not it can come off without the need to use a pen.

The experts at Checkatrade said: “Fill your sink with warm water and grab your stiff-bristled brush, wet it and then rub the grout in a circular motion. 

“Alternatively, fill your spray bottle with warm water, spray and brush in the same way. Prepare a mix of equal parts warm water and vinegar in your spray bottle. Spray it onto the grout and leave for several minutes.

“Then scrub with your stiff-bristled brush and rinse with warm water. If your grout is still dirty, create a baking soda paste with warm water and apply it to the grout lines. Spray on your vinegar solution and allow it to foam. Scrub with your stiff-bristled brush and rinse with warm water.”

When baking soda is mixed with vinegar, the acid breaks down the powder, releasing carbon dioxide. The duo helps “lifts stains” and dirt from the grout.

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