Nothing beats a bright, airy bathroom, and I’m lucky to have one in my New York rental apartment. Glossy white subway tiles cover the walls of the spacious shower, and light streams in through the 7-foot-tall window. But the downside? No grain of dirt goes unnoticed. And when the shower has a deep, tiled shelf where excess water can collect, the grout can get a little messy. Even after scrubbing with an anti-mold solution, water spots remain stubborn.
This is where my latest Amazon discovery comes in. Meet: the grout pen. You can essentially think of the $9 tool as a white pen, but for the space between your tiles. It won’t clean anything, but once you’ve rubbed the surface, the marker-like tip will add a thin layer of waterproof white paint to your grout, making it look fresh and like new.
The process couldn’t be simpler: once you’ve cleaned the grout with bleach and a toothbrush, just shake the pen, press the tip onto the surface to release the paint , color the grout lines and wipe off any excess paint that gets on the tile with a damp paper towel. It will be dry to the touch after five minutes and can be wetted after six hours. The pen works best on unsealed grout, so you need to make sure you’re working with a porous surface that can absorb the paint.
Although I used white, the pen comes in 11 different colors – from cream to terracotta – and the whole process took me about 15 minutes. And for only $9, it’s like having a whole new bathroom.
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