How to Dye Grout

April 27 2022

Did you know you can elevate mundane house projects and turn them into bespoke designs with Rit Dye? We brought some color into this bathroom by changing just one small thing: the grout color. We made a bold color statement (and saved hundreds!) by choosing a plain white budget tile, and brought the magic with a vibrant pink grout color with Rit.

Supplies
  • Non-sanded grout in bright white, 1 lb
  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye in Petal Pink
  • Gloves
  • Mixing bucket
  • Grout mixing knife
  • Grout float
  • Grout sponge
  • Rags or paper towels
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Instructions
  1. Gather your supplies. 
  2. Typically, when working with grout, the water to dry grout ratio is 1:1, and it works out to be the same when using dye. For this project we used 1/2 lb of grout and one 8oz. bottle of liquid dye, no additional water needed for mixing the grout.
  3. Transfer the dry grout into a mixing bucket. Holding the bucket at a 45 degree angle, carefully stream and mix ¾ of the amount of dye called for into the grout mix. If the mix is too difficult to stir, add a small amount more of the dye, then stir until the grout is just a bit thicker than the consistency of creamy peanut butter and there are no lumps. If the mixture is too watery, add more dry grout and mix well.
  4. Allow the grout to rest for 5-10 minutes so the chemicals can bond. Once the grout has rested it might be a bit thicker, because the resting process allows all the powder to soak up the liquids. If you find it’s too thick, add the smallest amount more of dye, and mix well.
  5. Load up your float with grout and begin spreading it over the surface of the tile, pushing it into the joints as you work across the surface.
  6. Once you’ve grouted the entire area, wait at least 10 minutes before removing the excess grout with a damp sponge. After the grout dries, use a buffing rag or cheesecloth to remove any leftover haze from the tiles.
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