Why Choosing The Right Sealant Matters When Installing A New Sink Or Replacing Bathroom Tiles

Posted on 31th, Jul 19

Many don’t realise how important joint sealants are to the look and durability of bathroom tiles or a bathroom sink.

Sealants are used to fill the cracks between tiles or sink to the wall to which it is attached.

The sealant you use is very important because if it’s of a poor quality- a mould colony can grow within the sealant itself within a few years – or even quicker, sometimes.

This can make your bathroom look quite ugly and have no-one wanting to use it.

Silicone Sealants are the Best Type of Sealants to use in your Bathroom Today

Silicone sealants are extremely durable compared to polyurethane sealants. They provide excellent protection against moisture, preventing vermin and mould from getting in between the spaces.

Synthetic silicone sealants are flexible – they bend and move as your home does. Their flexibility is what gives silicone sealants their durability – making them the number choice of joint sealants employed in the building, construction, plumbing and tiling industry today.

What to do when your bathroom or sink has mould growing within the polyurethane or silicone sealant you’ve used previously?

It’s very easy for mould to take hold and grow within the sealant that separates the tiles in your bathroom or sink. Particularly, when the sealant is polyurethane-based or not been applied properly.

When this happens, you may wish to remove the old sealant and redo your tiles or sink.

To do this, use a silicone remover like Selleys Silicone Sealant Remover. To do so:

  • Cut away the worst of the sealant using a sharp blade.
  • Ensure the surfaces are completely dry
  • Apply Selleys Silicone Remover on the surface of the old silicone layering it about 3mm high.
  • Allow 2-4 hours for thin beads of sealant it can be significantly longer if the silicone is not cut back first and may require multiple applications. It is important to make sure the remover does not dry out while you wait a couple of hours for it to soften the silicone.
  • Once it is softened the silicone you can clean the silicone up with methylated spirits – do not use water.


Now that you’ve removed the old silicone sealant- how do you choose a new one? 

Step one is to choose a silicone sealant company that is established. Established silicone sealant firms have been around longer, are more experienced and have a better grasp on how issues can be overcome through the sealant application process. 


Seal’em Solutions is Experienced when it comes to Silicone Sealants

We’ve been working with Australia’s leading developers as well as home renovators to help them understand the benefits of silicone sealants as well as professionally them to ensure their bathrooms, sinks, roofs and drive aways always look as good as they did on the first day!

What do we do in Silicone Sealing?

  • Commercial buildings and Walkways
  • Sporting facilities
  • Kitchens and bathrooms
  • Windows
  • Pools
  • Car Parks
  • Shopping Centres
  • Driveways
  • Town Houses Developments
  • Service Stations
  • Shop Fit-Outs

Would you like us to discuss or quote on your job?

If you’re a Builder or Property Developer, would you like us to discuss what’s new in the world of Silicone Sealants? Please call us to speak to a professional in the sealant industry on 1300 377 577. Otherwise, fill in the enquiry form and we’ll get straight back to you.