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Most domestic tiling jobs are either in the bathroom or the kitchen. These are areas where tiles are chosen for their impermeability and their easy-clean nature.

Using Silicone Sealants

silicone sealant gunIn kitchens and bathrooms silicone sealants are used to keep tiles waterproof and to provide a waterproof junction between the tiles and the sinks, baths, and work surfaces that will surround them. If your tiles are already installed, then renewing the run of silicone around these areas can be a great way of freshening up their appearance.

What you need

  • Tube of silicone sealant
  • Silicone sealant gun
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Cup of tea

Step 1 – Remove old silicone

  • Insert the blade of the knife under the old run of silicone.
  • Keep the angle quite shallow to avoid gouging whatever is behind the silicone.
  • Draw the blade slowly along the silicone, and repeat on all sides to cut out the old material.
  • Clean up any residue with the knife blade or with a dry scouring pad.
  • Ensure the underlying surfaces are reasonably clean and dust free. Any loose material underneath will compromise the new bond.

Step 2 – Apply new sealant

  • Trim the nozzle off the new tube of sealant. Think about how fat you need the new bead of silicone to be and cut accordingly. Trimming the nozzle at an angle, to allow a flat contact with the surface will give the best result.
  • Prime the gun and apply even pressure whilst slowly drawing the nozzle along the surface. Try to keep all actions slow and flowing.

Step 3 – Finishing touches

  • Remove any excess with a wet finger.
  • Stand back and admire work
  • Drink tea

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