Silicone and bathroom sealant is used to fill in gaps between objects to prevent water and dirt gaining access between them. Sealant also helps to secure items together. Applying it is a common DIY job. However there are a few popular mistakes that people are prone to.
To help you make the most of your bathroom, here’s a list of mistakes to avoid when using sealant. And some helpful tips!
- Silicone and bathroom/kitchen sealant create the same finish. The only difference is the chemical make-up of the two products.
- If replacing old silicone make sure all of it is removed before applying a fresh batch. Simply sealing over the old layer will not work. If the existing sealant is leaking, chances are it will damage the new.
- Old sealant can be removed with a sharp knife or by using a silicone eater product. You can also remove any remaining silicone by wiping it with white spirit and a cloth.
- Apply silicone sparingly. Using too much will soon create a mess. You can always go back and fill in any gaps.
- Place masking tape on either side of the joint to ensure a tidy result once the tape is removed.
- Keep washing up liquid and kitchen towel close by when working. These can be used to wipe away any excess sealant. Wet your finger with the washing up liquid and run it along the bead of sealant for a neat finish. You can then use the towel to clean your finger. A damp cloth can be used the following day to wipe the silicone clean.
- Allow the product to dry before using the bath, shower or sink. Sealant can take around 24-48 hours to completely dry.
Author: Laura Davis