Our master bathroom shower joints are pretty bad.
The grout is falling apart. And frankly, three weeks till Will’s due date is not the appropriate time to start a full-blown bathroom renovation. At least according to Jeremy. I thought we could do it. He totally busts my bubble. or doesn’t. Either way, there is no way that we can redo the grout.
So instead of scraping out the grout, I did a bit of research on a quick fix.
And when I say quick – I needed it to happen really fast because this grout line had more crack than Bobbie Brown.
So I whipped out my handy putty knife and a paint tool and a couple tubes of DAP Kwik Seal Adhesive Caulk. This sealant is formulated for a waterproof seal and especially made for kitchens and bathrooms. Not only will it seal up the cracks in our grout lines but it should remain white…and it has a low VOC formula…so I felt very comfortable tackling this project all by myself. I just simply slapped on a mask and asseessed the situation.
I had previously cleaned all the tiles & grout lines and let them dry for 48 hours. But the shower still had a lot of previous sealant that was stained dark brown still lodged near the door track. And after I scraped & scraped, it looked a lot like a dirty boot had pooped potting soil all over my clean shower.
Clean up was a snap with the Black n Decker Flex. I know I haven’t talked about this little vacuum before but it is probably on my top ten of DIY tools. It’s like a mini shop vac. It’s tiny…so it is easy for peeps like me (all knocked up and tired of lugging around a full sized vacuum) but it is way more powerful than our Dust Buster. Plus it looks cool.
Ten minutes of scraping and sucking later, I was ready for caulking.
All I had to do was follow the instructions on the back of the package and wipe things clean with a damp finger.
Some of the grout lines were still a little dark (and some of the darker edges of the uneven tiles were showing, but the overall effect was exactly what I wanted.
And my favorite part is that there are no more cracks in this grout line.
So there you have it….one fully caulked shower. Anyone else out there a huge fan of quick fixes? Or maybe you haven’t given caulk a test drive yet? Perhaps you need a way to spruce up your grout without a fullblown reno? Either way, this was the best $4 I have ever spent.
Hopefully this little quick fix won’t have to be a permanent solution…but until we can redo the loo, I won’t have to worry about the caulk turning black or the water leaking through to whatever is below the crumbly grout. Now the only thing I have to worry about springing a leak is…well….me 🙂