Take time to inspect your bathroom, plan and make a list of the materials and tools you will need to purchase.
- Cleaning products – cloths, washing up liquid, non-abrasive bathroom cleaner or silicone remover liquid.
- Good quality anti-fungicide and anti-bacterial bathroom silicone
- Silicone gun
- Stanley knife
How to seal around a new bath
After purchasing all the items on your list, clean the entire bath, especially the area you are about to seal. Silicone doesn’t adhere to dust or dirt. Dry the bath thoroughly - silicone hates water. Next, choose the very best silicone you can afford. We recommend a good quality anti-fungicide and anti-bacterial silicone. Take time to ensure the silicone is made for use in bathrooms. Purchase the type which is applied using a silicone gun. This will give you better control when applying it – making for a neater job.
How to seal around an existing bath
Remove the existing silicone completely. This will take time and patience. You will need to carefully cut away the existing silicone using a sharp Stanley knife. The remnants can be removed by carefully rubbing them away or by using silicone remover liquid, which is readily available from any DIY store.
The cleaner the bath is the better your new silicone will look!
Once you are happy that the bath is clean and free of existing silicone, dust or dirt, please follow the instructions supplied by the silicone manufacturer on how to apply the silicone with the silicone gun.
Top bathroom tip!
In each case, the bath should be approximately half filled with water before starting to seal and left overnight to allow the silicone to cure. This will ensure the silicone is not stretched once the bath is filled for use and also ensures the silicone is tighter.