Regrouting / Caulking / Cleaning Page
A shower door that's
improperly installed can cause more leaks and damage
than if you had no doors at all. When installing doors
it is very important that the underside of the bottom
track be completely filled with silicone before making
contact with the tub. The track seams on each wall,
along with the inside track seams must also be sealed.
curtains are easier to maintain than shower doors. The
downside is if you don't keep the curtains closed all
the way, water tends to seep out the corners. The remedy
is to install a plastic splash guard on the front tub
ledge, and always keep a dry towel on the floor by the
outside front tub corner. Another trick is to shower
standing toward the center of the tub so less water
bounces off the front tub ledge and onto the floor.
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is caused when either too much water has been sitting
on the walls, tub ledge, or floor for extended periods
of time, or the grout is old, worn out, or missing.
Dripping faucets, harsh cleaning chemicals promote the
breakdown of grout, further creating mildew growth. If
your faucets drip, contact a plumber.
I strongly suggest
regrouting worn or missing grout. Before regrouting, remove
at least 16th of an inch of the old grout by using my Regrouting
Bits. New grout will not stick properly to old grout
that has been exposed to chemical, hard water, and soap scum
build up. If the grout is semi-warn, has void spots, yet
solid, clean the grout as described below. New grout
will stick better to a clean chemical free surface.
seams (where the tile meets the tub) should always be
filled in with silicone, not grout. The weight of water
being filled in the bathtub pulls the tub downward from
the walls causing tub seams to expand and contract.
Silicone will give with movement; grout will crack. The
omission of silicone around the tub and floor seams in a
bathtub/shower is one of the primary causes of water
seeping through the ceiling below. Many contractors omit
the use of silicone due to lack of skill in applying it
neatly, plus the additional cost and time factor.
Remember, tubs need to contract and expand
My #1 one rule for cleaning:
If the cleanser is meant for tub and tile, don't use it!
The only product I recommend for cleaning, removing hard
water stains and soap scum is "FAST ORANGE HAND CLEANER."
It's a waterless hand cleaner that works better than any
other product out there. It can be purchased at any auto
Proper maintenance is the
key to preventing problems. I will teach you everything
you need to know about cleaning and maintaining a trouble
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