Are you embarrassed and frustrated at the sight of black and mouldy silicone seals around your home?
Are you fighting a losing battle against the relentless attack of mildew staining your silicone?
Wet, dark and warm conditions are the perfect breeding ground for the mildew and bacteria that cause your sealant to go black. Once the bacteria and mildew are attached to the silicone, they can multiply at an alarming rate. Despite throwing all manner or bleaches and costly mould and mildew cleaners at the critters you’ll still be left with an embarrassing and unsettling finish. It’s one of life’s ironies that areas we reserve for cleansing often resemble a creepy science experiment!
It’s a case of prevention over cure when it comes to mouldy and stained silicone around baths, shower enclosures and kitchen worktops.
Once the silicone has been attacked, the only truly satisfactory course of action is to remove and replace.
Practical tips to rid your home of black and mouldy silicone seals:
- Firstly, make sure that the old black and mouldy silicone seals are stripped out completely and the area is thoroughly cleansed. Don’t be tempted to compromise on the quality of silicone sealant used when a wet area is being re-siliconed. Look for a good quality sanitary silicone which contains a fungicide to inhibit mould growth. Trusted brands we use include Dow Corning 785+ and Mapei Mapesil.
- Remove standing water from the silicone seals and surrounding surfaces following a bath, shower or washing up. Whip out a squeegee or microfibre cloth and give all wet surfaces a thorough once over.
- Try not to leave damp sponges, cloths, shampoo bottles etc. in direct contact with the silicone. Moisture gets trapped behind and beneath these and similar items and provides a cosy breeding ground for bacteria and mould.
- Use a proprietary household cleaner to clean the silicone regularly – avoid bleach as this tends to discolour grout. Rub your finger along the silicone when it’s wet; you’re after a squeaky-clean finish – literally! Just don’t be too aggressive when cleaning. You could end up creating minor tears in the seal which creates a whole different set of problems to contend with.
- Make sure you use the extractor fan if one has been fitted. We appreciate the noise they generate can be annoying, but it’s a small price to pay in the bigger scheme of things.
- Ideally, replace standard extractor fans for humidistat controlled extractors. These fans turn on automatically in response to the amount of moisture in a room. They only turn off once the humidity has dropped to a preset level, ensuring the room is kept relatively moisture-free.
- If no extractor fan is present, at the very least ensure you ventilate the room after every shower, bath or culinary extravaganza – all year round. Trickle vents on your double glazing are unlikely to be adequate for this purpose. Embrace the temporary chill folks and open them windows!
We hope you find the above tips helpful in your battle against the black stuff!
The Help Business are your local Professional Handyman Company operating across West Essex and East Herts. We’re on hand to help you create, enhance and cherish your beautiful home.
We’ll happily tackle the mucky task of removing and replacing black and mouldy silicone seals for you. Speak to us about replacing older extractor fans with the newer humidity controlled ones. To finish off your sparkly and fresh bathroom and kitchen talk to us today about protecting your walls and ceilings with a biocode paint finish that protects against fungal degradation.
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