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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

Facelift for old tile

May 12, 2014

Our bathroom floor has tile from 1960 and I truly like this tile but the grout will not turn white no matter how much I clean it.  So instead of busting it out we refreshed the grout.  My daughter told me about a product that she used so we went out to the store to see what we could find.

This is what our local lumber store carried.  I am not connected with this product, I am just showing you what we used.

It said to use an old toothbrush and put the white solution in the grout and it give you a certain amount of time to wait etc and then rub off the access.  Our issue was that our tile is very small so we could not do as suggested.  I will show you what we did but warning, it is very hard work!

I did a test spot first in the half bath which has a different tile but still very small tiles. I could have done a better job with the test but I just wanted to see what it was going to do.

So I went back to the full bath and I rubbed in in the grout real good with the toothbrush and then just scrubbed it all over the tile.  I would suggest to not do this big of an area at a time.  Just be patient and do a small area because rubbing off the white stuff is hard but with a lot of work it comes off.

I kept rubbing off the dried white stuff.  I was sweating by this time and a bit hard on the knees and back but hey, I wanted white grout! This was my first area so I had to go back and touch up a few places that I missed but that was no problem.

You can for sure see a difference.  I was so excited and motivated to continue.  This is where I caution you to do small areas at a time because rubbing the dried white refresher off the tile takes a lot of work.

If you look closely the tile to the right of the toilet and around the sink has been refreshed. The tile in front of the toilet has not been refreshed. I am glad this is a small bathroom.

The bathroom floor is now finished and we just love it!  The tile looks new and we are so happy that we did this project.  I am going to do the half bathroom in the near future.

My husband and I keep walking to the doorway and admiring our new floor. We keep saying, "It looks new again"!

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