How to seal around the edge of a tile
Sealing around the edges of your tiles once they have been fitted is essential to stopping water getting behind your tiles and causing damage, particularly in high traffic areas like a bath, kitchen sink, wash basin or worktops.
The process itself is very simple and straightforward and, as long as you have the right tools, should only take a matter of minutes.
Choosing the right sealant
Make sure to select a silicone sealant that is suitable not just for your tiles but also the area around your tiles. And don’t forget that these days sealants come in a wide range of colours to match your tiles. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, then look at our range of competitively priced silicone sealants from Mapei.
How to apply silicone sealant
The first thing to do is attach the nozzle to the sealant and cut off the tip before putting the silicone sealant into a sealant gun. Then hold the tip of the nozzle at 45 degrees and running run a continuous bead of the sealant left to right from one end of the tiled area to the other, making sure to keep a steady pressure on the trigger of the gun at all times.
If you see any irregularities in the shape of the silicone bead then run a wet finger to smooth them out, taking care not to pull the sealant from the surface in the process. If you happen to get any silicone onto the tile, then remove with a cloth. All that’s left to do then is leave the silicone sealant for 24 hours to dry before use.
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