How to Remove Black mould from Silicone Sealant

How to Remove Black mould from Silicone Sealant

 I guess if you are reading this blog, then you have black mould on your silicone sealant and you want rid of it! Hardly surprising, as it can be a bit of embarrassment if you have visitors that are using your bathroom or shower room that has black mould on the silicone sealant – they are probably thinking that you’re a bit of a slob when it comes to cleaning!! 

So, just how do you remove black mould from silicone sealant? the answer is that you cant’t really remove black mould, because once black mould has got a good hold on your silicone sealant the only answer is to remove all the sealant, sterilise the area, and replace it with a quality silicone sealant. Cleaning  isn’t really an option if you are looking to get nice clean looking silicone sealant once again.

 

What are the causes of black on silicone sealant?

In order for black mould to get a grip on your silicon sealant there are a number of criteria that it needs, and these are as follows;

  • Prefers dark conditions
  • Moisture
  • Warmth
  • Poor ventilation
  • Lack of cleaning
  • Body oils, soap, conditioner etc.

 If you provide some or all of these criteria then you are well on the way to providing the perfect environment for your black mould to take hold.

 How to deal with the issues of black mould on silicon sealant

Moisture – try to reduce this by opening the window and ensuring that you have a humidistat fan fitted. Also get a squeegee and wipe off all the excess water after bathing.

Warmth – if you can reduce the warmth even by a few degrees this will help inhibit black mould

Poor Ventilation – if it’s a shower always leave the shower door open to allow the air to circulate and help dry the cubicle. Open the window as much as possible, and get a humidistat fan fitted.

Poor Cleaning – get into the habit of cleaning the silicone sealant with a soft cloth, and use something like “CIF”. A gentle rub followed by rinsing, at least once a week.

Prefers Darkness –  if the room does not have a window, try leaving the light on, or the door open, to allow light from the adjoining room.

 If you follow these basic instructions and you have used a quality silicone sealant, then your silicone will remain free of black mould  for years.

 If your bath or shower tray need resealed due to black mould on the silicone sealant, and you don’t want to do it yourself, then you should contact Glasgow’s professional silicone sealant specialist “Silicone King”, they will ensure that the job is done properly with a great looking finish and a guaranteed seal.

 

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