How to replace the sealant around your bathtub

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The constant fight against mould and regular scrubbing of the most used room in the house will eventually let the sealant around your bath look a little worse for wear. But don’t worry, rejuvenating your bathroom’s look won’t require professional help. Read on to find out how you can replace the sealant in three simple steps and without breaking the bank.

What you need:

  1. Sealant
  2. Cartridge gun
  3. Sealant remover
  4. Plastic scraper
  5. Rounded edge tool

(all available from your local DIY store or online)

 

Step 1

First of all you need to remove the existing sealant. To do this, apply the sealant remover generously and leave to soak for 10-15minutes. Once the remover has dried up, take off the old sealant with the plastic scraper. Do make sure to be careful not to mark or scratch the surface of your bathtub. Once all old sealant has come off the edges scrub the area with soapy water or a bathroom cleaner and thoroughly pad dry.

Step 2

Now fill your bathtub with water. This will stop the newly applied sealant from cracking when you take your first bath. Attach the sealant cartridge to the to the gun and cut the end of the nozzle at a diameter that matches the gap you are filling with the new sealant. Sit at the edge of your bath for applying the sealant and press the trigger of the cartage gun to refill the gap around your bath. Now smooth the new layer of sealant with a round edged tool but ensure to mould an edge that allows water to run back into the tub.

Step 3

In order to allow the new sealant to dry completely you should not use your bath for at least 12 hours – it is always worth to test and see whether the sealant moulds when touching it to avoid it coming loose. Any excess sealant can be easily removed with white spirit.

Enjoy your sparkling new bath!

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