are inherently damp places, regardless of how well the room is

The combination of water and steam makes the air humid and warm, therefore enabling moisture to settle on all surfaces – in particular silicone sealants.

Silicone sealant is a versatile material known for its sealing and bonding properties. This makes it a good choice for sealing gaps and making key areas – like a or sink – watertight. 

It can play an important part in keeping the bathroom and other areas in your safe from water damage.

Households who notice blackening on their silicone sealants, then they are dealing with a problem.

Regardless of whether the mould growth is limited to the silicone sealant in the shower, or it is an infestation, getting rid of mould in the home is critically important.

Abbas Youssefi, director at Porcelain Superstore, told that cleaning silicone sealant “can be a bit tricky” as typical bleach-based solutions can significantly “shorten its lifespan” and “cause it to fail over time.

This means that, while it can lighten and brighten sealant in the short term, households will likely need to replace it sooner rather than later.

Instead, the expert suggested that “two everyday items that can be found in your kitchen” can be combined to “create a solution that can effectively clean sealant and remove mould” – and .

Vinegar is roughly five percent acetic acid, which means it’s “great at breaking down dirt, oils, films, stains and mould”. 

Bicarbonate of soda is mildly abrasive which is “great for removing dirt and stains without causing damage”, and it also works as a deodoriser to get rid of smells.

While it may take a little bit more time than chemical cleaners, using this solution is not only “100 percent effective and safe” but it will also “preserve the sealant’s key qualities so it lasts for longer”.

Material needed

  • Baking soda 
  • A small bowl or container 
  • Microfibre cloth
  • A small brush (like an old toothbrush)
  • Cold water

In a bowl or container, combine one cup (around 250ml) of white vinegar with three teaspoons of baking soda.

Using the small brush, mix the ingredients until they form a paste. Use the brush to scoop the paste and generously coat the silicone sealant. 

Abbas instructed: “Let this sit for five to 10 minutes and then use the brush to clean along the sealant, giving special attention to problem areas. 

“Once agitated with the brush, the dirt, oils, films, stains and mould should lift off the sealant.”

Once done, clean with paper towels and cold water to remove and rinse off the abrasive baking soda. Rinse off the affected area. If some problem areas remain, repeat the process if necessary.

While silicone is a really durable material, it can deteriorate over time. Most manufacturers recommend replacing it every 10-20 years, but there are some signs that silicone sealants need to be replaced sooner. They are cracking, peeling, discolouration or if gaps have started to form.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Express

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