Over time grout lines between tiles can begin to look worn, tired, and maybe even stained. There is a way to breath new life into grout lines without digging out the grout and replacing it entirely and that is with a coffee ground staining.Restain and Refresh Grout with Coffee

The coffee ground stain process has gained popularity on sites like Pinterest over the last few years. There are many pins showing DIY lovers how to stain tables, picture frames, dye fabric and some people are even dying their hair with coffee. An added benefit to a cost effective stain material is that coffee grounds are non toxic with no harsh chemical fumes and coffee is a natural deodorizer.

Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh coffee?

There are a few things to consider before grabbing a coffee pot and having at your floors or backsplash. Coffee of course is brown and as such staining grout with coffee grounds will give you a brown earthy colored grout. You can get a light stain effect or a darker effect depending on how many layers you choose to apply. If you have a natural porous stone tile you will want to test the stain in an unseen area to make sure the coffee will not permanently stain your tiles as well.

First make sure that your grout is clean and ready to go. You don’t want to apply stain to dirty grout. Next grab some coffee. The darker the roast the darker the stain on the grout will be. Start by brewing up some coffee a small amount will do you can brew more and have yourself a cup to give you some energy for the project. Next put one cup of fresh coffee grounds into a bowl then add ½ to ¾ of a cup of brewed coffee and mix to form a paste. Now grab an old toothbrush or similar small brush to work the coffee stain paste into the grout. As you finish each section take an old towel and wipe any coffee paste that has landed on the tile to avoid staining making sure not to wipe the stain from the grout. The coffee ground paste stain will need to sit on the grout lines for several hours to set in.

After a few hours check the grout to see of it is the desired color. If you would like a darker shade start the grouting process over to apply a second coat. Once you have reached the desired color wipe up the excess allow to fully dry and use a grout sealer to finish up your job. You now have brand new looking grout and a whole new look for your space!

Make sure to keep up on grout care with regular cleaning, mopping, sweeping of your space and at least a yearly professional tile cleaning. Deep cleaning tile and grout lines is important in prolonging the life of your tile and grout. Don’t forget to have your cleaning professional seal the grout lines as well to prevent staining and wear.

All Kleen has an excellent team of trained cleaning pros ready to care for your tile. Call or make an appointment online today for fast service with a satisfaction guarantee.

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1 Comment

  1. Avatar Sandy on July 2, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Hi, I want to thank you for posting about using coffee to restrain grout. I have never had dark grout before but love it in our new home. But my old ways of cleaning with strong cleaning chemicals I did not realize until it was too late my dark grout had become terribly discolored. I was absolutely heart sick over it.
    After prayer and much research I finally came upon your site and suggestion about restraining with the coffee.
    Oh my goodness it was so easy to do and now my tile looks just like it did when we moved in 2 years ago. All I have left to do is reseal it. Oh and my shower smells heavenly now too lol.
    So thank you so much for sharing your awesome idea! For me it was a God send! 👏🏼

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