Groutable Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile: Do They Last? (4+ years later)

by Robin

peel and stick floors that you grout are they durable do they last and look good years later

Hundreds of thousands of people have read our post about how to install peel and stick vinyl tiles that you can grout!  Maybe that's how you found our blog?  Welcome!

One of the most common questions we get is: "How do the peel and stick tiles hold up after time?" or  "Does the grout stick and last?"  

Such great questions, right?!  If you're going to put the work and money into a project, you want it to look great for a long time.  Mind you, this project was fast and cheap - great qualities in a floor. (Better qualities than in, let's say, a mate.)

Our small bathroom floor cost us a mere $50 and took an afternoon of effort.  We were really happy with the results 4 years ago, but how do we feel about it now?

peel and stick floors that you grout are they durable do they last and look good years later

The simplest answer: pretty darn good.  As you can see from the photos, the tiles have held up really well.

The finish on them didn't change.  It was always matte, and it still is.  I love a matte finish floor!  It's forgiving of streaks and hides a bit more than a shiny one.  Less housework!

They aren't scratched or pitted. This is our main floor bathroom.  It gets herds of foot traffic.  And, while we're a shoes-off-in-the-house sort of family, this bathroom still get some boot and shoe action.  It's right next to our front door - and when folks with urgent bladder or bowel needs (TMI?) race in from outside, they often high-tail it in there regardless of what's on their feet.  So sometimes sand, salt,  pebbles and puddles are tracked around.  It doesn't show.  No scratches that my eyes have picked up on.

The adhesive has held on tight.  There isn't a single tile that's gotten loose or shifted.  Not even a corner has lifted.  I worried that maybe the middle of the tile might loosen and pop up and down when you step on it.  But, nope, those babies are holding on like the day we laid them.

The colors have remained pretty true.  There has been a slight colour change with time.  I would call it darkening.   Below is a photo of our floor today, with a leftover tile we purchased when we installed them 4 years ago.  This tile was stored in a pile in our dark (and spooky) storage room - so no foot traffic or light has affected it.

peel and stick floors that you grout are they durable do they last and look good years later
Here's the comparison: the centre is the "new" tile,
just laying on top of the floor we laid 4 years ago. (Sorry for the bad lighting.)

Mind you, this bathroom is east facing and the only window opens into to our deep, shady front porch.  Not a lot of light gets in to bleach out colors.  So, if you're planning tiles for a very bright room, you may see more change than we have.

Long story short: we haven't babied these floors in the slightest and they still look good.

peel and stick floors that you grout are they durable do they last and look good years later
I tried my best to get the lighting the same for this photo.

But the grout is another story...

As I'm sure you've noticed, it's the grout that hasn't stood up well.  It's definitely changed colour for the worse.  (It was polite of you to not mention it. Thanks for that!)

Structurally it has held up; it does it's groutly job, but it's not pretty.   But, you know, even if we used the most expensive tiles in the world, the grout would still be the same.  Grout is grout. It gets dingy and likes to make you look like a slob.

So, do the tiles last? Yup.  They sure do.  At least the ones we chose to use were.  They are TrafficMaster Ceramica Marble Peel and Stick in Travertine Grey.  (The link takes you to the 12"x24" size - we used 24" squares - couldn't link to those for some reason.)

Would we use them again?  Yes!  In fact, we plan to do just that next year when we update the bathroom for our Mobile Home Makeover.  That's the most telling answer, isn't it?

Click here for our simple "how-to" for installing these awesome floors. 

Now I have a question for you!  

How the heck do you keep your grout looking new?!  If you have a tip I'd love to learn it - please comment below! Help!


  1. Our one bathroom is hideous. I really need to look into something like this. HEY. the other day I saw peel and stick backsplash. Any info on that?

    1. You should try this, Kyla! Low cost and super cheap. And even if you're not big DIYers this ones pretty doable.
      I've seen the peel and stick backsplash. Some of them don't look too bad. But they all seem so expensive! You can do real tile for much less cost (with the right tile). But skill wise, pretty doable. :)

  2. Did you seal your grout? That may be why you noticed staining since grout is porous.

  3. Grout is my nemesis- installing and maintaining. I've done many ceramic installations and by the time I get to the grouting, my knees are done. But then you're finished and your new floor looks beautiful.... For about a week. Sealer makes little difference I find, it needs to be reapplied, at least annually but I don't bother.
    But funny you posed this question, I just tried a cleaning method yesterday with great success without scrubbing. Mix 2 parts baking soda to 1 part hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply liberally to grout lines with a toothbrush, just to apply not scrub- making sure there's enough that grout is covered, let sit for 15-30mins it will bubble a bit (15mins was enough for mine). Use the tooth brush to just rub a bit (not sure if this is entirely necessarily but I figured it would help lift dirt that has been worked out of the pores). Wipe up with a microfibre cloth. I didn't rinse the floor after but I rinsed out my cloth frequently. There was a bit of baking soda left behind on the floor- slightly gritty underfoot- that wouldn't be if you did a rinse after. However, once the floor is dry, it sweeps up without extra water or effort. I have done battle with grout cleaning many times, scrubbing and scrubbing and still stains remain. This is the first time I found something effective AND virtually scrub-free to boot.

    1. I LOVE that tip, Cred! :) So simple and non-toxic. I even have all that on hand. I'm trying that for sure! Thanks!!!!

  4. You did a wonderful job on your floor and now, 4 years later, it still looks great. Grout, on the other hand, whether you seal it or not, is going to absorb every little dust speck it can, and will get dingy with age because of it. Even mopping will discolor your grout, and it's usually something you will need to live with. I have a tiled, grouted entry-way that was installed in 1990, but has been covered pretty much all the time, so the grout is just as new-looking as the day it was installed. Pity. This means my entryway looks like 1990; light tiles/dark brown grout. I am planning on adding another grout layer over the existing one, to lighten it up and into the 21st century. My bathroom floors, also tiled and grouted, were also covered all the time, but if I find them to be getting dingy now that they've seen the light of day, I'll also give them a new layer. Grout is very porous, so I do believe a new layer will adhere and grip to the old one very well. We shall see. But, it it does work, it would be an easy way to update and freshen old, dingy or dirty grout!

    1. Thanks for this! It sounds like a really viable option. :)


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