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Clean/whiten silicone sealant in shower

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by spiidey, 28 Oct 2011.

  1. spiidey

    spiidey

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    The silicone sealant between our tiled walls in the shower is looking incredibly grubby with loads of brown/black speckles on it from water/soap scum.

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    I successfully managed to clean the tiles and grout using a soap-scum remover, but this isn't removing the brown/black speckles on the silicone.

    What else can we use?

    Was thinking possibly bleaching it, but:-

    (a) Would this damage the colour of the tiles; and
    (b) Would this actually damage the silicone seal itself?
     
  2. Richard C

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    “Cillit Bang” works quite well on grout (test the tiles) but that looks engrained into the silicone &, really, the only way to be rid of it is to cut away the old silicone bead & re-seal; not really a big deal. That’s a pretty big silicone bead though! :confused:
     
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    bee-jeez....did the tiler use his/her bid toe when applying the silicone...

    get a hooked stanley blade,remove the exsisting then apply an antifunga silicone....if your not sure about application,look into a fungi boy set, or a ice lolly stick...

    just cut the nozzle very slighty(1-2mm) at an angle, apply then leave for 1min then use use index finger and run this down the silicone..or one off the above.
     
  4. spiidey

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    Thanks, have used cillitbang which brought up the tiles and the grout a treat. :)

    Doesn't work on the silicone though so I reckon I'll give it a go removing and resealing.

    However, before I do that, if I were to use bleach on the silicone bead will this degrade/break the seal of the silicone?
     
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