Trying to make your bathroom look fabulous on a budget? Follow these easy projects to update the look of your bathroom!
Project 1 – Replace old silicone above your basin or bath
Step 1Remove the old silicone with a Stanley knife. Cut on both sides – against the tiles and against the basin. Peel off as much of the old silicone as you can. Brush off all the loose pieces with a paintbrush or blow out the groove with a hair dryer. A silicone remover such as Bostik Silicone Stripper will simplify the job.
Step 2Stick masking tape along the edge of the tiles and basin. Cut off the tip of the silicone tube at a 45° angle so that the hole is about the size of a pencil. Use a caulking gun to apply the silicone evenly between the masking tape – try to apply consistent pressure all along the groove so that the silicone is uniform.
Step 3Rub your index finger along the silicone to make it smooth. The secret is not to delay doing this, as the filler creates a hard outer layer within moments. Tip Dip your finger in ordinary dishwashing liquid before you wipe the silicone – this will ensure that your finger doesn’t stick to the silicone.
Step 4Remove the masking tape as soon as possible. Pull it off at a 45° angle from the new silicone strip to ensure a neat seal.
Project 2 – Replace Old Grout
Step 1Use an awl or buy a grout remover at your local hardware store to scrape out all the loose and broken grout from between the tiles. Keep a firm grip on the awl so you don’t slip by accident and scratch the tiles, or chip them.
Step 2Brush all the dust from the cleaned grooves between the tiles. Mix the new grout in a small bucket with water until it’s a thick paste. Use a wooden spoon to get rid of the lumps. If you’re replacing the grout in a place where there’s water – such as your shower floor – add a waterproofing agent to the mixture.
Step 3As soon as the mixture has the right consistency, you can use a spatula to spread the grout into the grooves. Press the grout firmly into all the connecting grooves by moving the spatula back and forth over the tiles.
Step 4Use a moist sponge to wash any grout from the tiles. Rinse the sponge often to keep it clean. Use a bucket of water that you can later throw into the outside drain as grout will block a basin quite quickly. Wait a few hours until the grout is completely dry. Remove any excess grout from the tiles with Tylon tile cleaner.
CreditsReferenced from Gallo images / home décor basics 2017
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