Removing and renewing
silicone joints

This is the right way to do it! If you're wondering how to remove your old silicone grout and replace it with new, we have the answer.
 
We show you step by step how to spruce up your bathroom grout.
How to remove and renew silicone joints

This is the right way to do it! If you're wondering how to remove your old silicone grout and replace it with new, we have the answer.

We show you step by step how to spruce up your bathroom grout.

Why you need to remove and renew silicone joints

Silicone joints in the bathroom become porous and leaky over time. Renewing the silicone joints is important to prevent water from getting behind the tiles and mould from forming. In this way, you can preserve the fabric of your bathroom and avoid subsequent problems. We therefore recommend that you renew your silicone grout every one to two years.

Most people do not know how to remove and renew a silicone joint. But it's not that difficult! In our video tutorial, we show you step by step how to do it right.

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The right tools and materials for renewing joints

With the following material you are well equipped to get started yourself:

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1. How to remove old silicone grout correctly

Material needed:
First we remove the old silicone joint. For the rough stuff, we use a cutter knife. The stubborn remains are then removed with the blade scraper. In this way, we prevent the surrounding surfaces from being damaged.
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2. Preparation is everything: How to clean the surface successfully

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After we have completely removed the silicone joint, we clean the joint. The coarsest particles are removed with the dusting tool. Then use the kitchen roll to prepare the surface perfectly. BUT CAUTION: The old silicone must not go down the drain. With a spatula or a shovel, the remains can easily be thrown away in the manure bag. Bye, bye!
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3. No witchcraft: how to apply silicone correctly

Material needed:
Before we pull the silicone joints, we have to determine the right size. To do this, we take the puller and hold it against the joint. The width of the silicone joint should be slightly larger than the width of the gap to be filled. Once this is done, it's time to get down to business. Take the silicone cartridge and cut the top off the head with a cutter knife. CAUTION: Always cut away from the body to reduce the risk of injury. Then untwist the tip and remove the top with the cutter knife. A slight bevel makes application even easier. The cartridge goes into the silicone cartridge press and you are ready to go. Hold the silicone cartridge with the slanted tip towards the joint (or the respective surface) and apply the silicone at an even speed. The rule here is: better too much than too little. The excess material is then removed when you peel it off.
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4. Pulling silicone joints? How to do it the first time

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After you have applied the silicone correctly, we come to the last step: pulling the silicone grout. First of all, pour the smoothing agent into the small container and then dip the squeegee into it. Apply it to the silicone at a slight angle and smooth out the joints. You can wipe off the excess material on a piece of kitchen roll. After pulling off the material, smooth out the joint with a smoothing agent and your finger. It is important not to press too hard. And that's it. Unfortunately, you can't test your masterpiece right away. A silicone joint should dry for 12 - 24 hours.

FAQ

We recommend that you renew your silicone grout every 1-2 years. With proper care (keep dry & clean correctly), you should renew your silicone grout every 5-8 years AT LATEST.

Renewing silicone joints is important because they become porous and leaky over time. If water gets behind the shower or bath tub or tiles, moisture will form there. Mould growth is also possible.

  • Cutter knife
  • Blade scraper
  • Painter's spatula
  • Dusting
  • Dung bag
  • Kitchen roll
  • Puller
  • Silicone
  • Smoothing agent
  • Silicone cartridge press
  • Small vessel
  1. Remove old silicone with a cutter knife and blade scraper.
  2. Clean the surface with a duster and kitchen roll
  3. Cut off the tip of the silicone bottle and apply the silicone with a silicone cartridge press.
  4. Pull silicone with squeegee (& smoothing agent) and smooth with finger. Allow to dry for 12-24 hours.

For the perfect, smooth silicone joint, you need four things: a squeegee, a small container, smoothing agent and your index finger. First of all, pour the smoothing agent into the small container. Then wet the squeegee in it and smooth the silicone with it. For the finishing touch, take your index finger and wet it with the smoothing agent. Then go over the silicone joint again (with constant pressure and without pressing). That's it!

Don't feel like doing it yourself?

If you notice that your silicone joint is cracked or has mould stains, it is important to do something about it as soon as possible. We renew silicone joints in the shower and bathtub quickly, cleanly and reliably.

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