The Easiest Way to Apply silicone
We are asked on a regular basis here at Ask Target the age old question of how to apply new silicone. Well here is our expert advice
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Before We Start
- A flexible silicone sealant is a necessity in any bathroom or shower room. If you used standard grout between the tiles and the bath or shower tray, pressure when stepping on these will cause a hairline crack in the grout where water can then ingress and cause a leak or in the worst case blow the tiles from the wall. And no one wants that! So we cannot stress how important it is to remember to use a flexible sealant when doing this particular job.
- Please make sure all your tiles are full grouted (exception where the silicone seal will be placed) including the corners and that the grout and tiles are completely dry.
- Leave a 1mm gap (the same as the gap between your tiles) between the tub or shower tray when tiling so that the thickness of your seal matches the gap between your tiles.
Now for the fun part.
Fill you bath with water as this will help the silicone to set in the correct position then we recommend using a length of masking tape both above and below where your sealant is to be applied, leaving a 3-4mm gap on either side so you have a nice straight and even edge without the mess all the way around.
Once you have purchased your bathroom silicone, which can be white or coloured to match your grout, cut the nozzle with a Sharpe Stanley knife 5 mm from the top of the nozzle cut at a 45 degree angle to the shape line of silicone you will apply
Run the silicone around your bath or shower using the nozzle pointy to ensure the cavity around the bath or shower tray is properly filled with no air gaps.
Fill an everyday spray bottle with cold water and a little fairy liquid in and spray the applied silicone then run the edge of your finger around the applied Silicone. You will need to ensure the silicone is pressed fully into the gap but don’t press to hard as light movement is required.
Once you are happy with the finished look this is when you can remove the masking tape while the silicone is still wet, leaving a perfectly clean and even band of sealant all around your bath or shower tray. Leave for 24 hours before emptying your bath of water and then you can use your bath or shower.
Now that wasn’t very hard was it?
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