The application of a sealant made of silicone is needed for showers and baths. This is to stop water leaking over or under the floor and from getting behind the sanitary ware. This is important to avoid mould etc. It’s not tricky to apply, but it could be more difficult to erase.
With the installation of new sanitary ware, the removal of silicone sealant is needed, This is not only for repairs but also for preparation of a bathroom refit, or as a tidying up exercise; it is often necessary when the sealant itself requires replacement. This removal and replacement exercise can be a fairly routine occurrence, depending on the airflow, moisture levels and humidity in a specific bathroom.
The first advice for those who wish to strip the sealant themselves is to be careful of YouTube. Though it can be an outstanding source of DIY hacks, it is still best to ensure that you seek expert advice. There are a fair number of YouTubers who recommend the use of WD40 when it comes to silicone sealants. However the use of a proper Silicone sealant remover like that from CT1 is a much better and safer idea.
WD40 may well do the work, but it will do more than planned as well. Any remaining traces of WD40 will take effect as the new sealant is added, and continue to strip it away.
The perfect silicone removal kit is in fact, not elaborate. A flat-bladed craft knife with the sharp edge knocked off to keep it from scraping enamel or acrylic coatings is almost ideal. Using the knife to remove the sealant where the bath or tub adjoins it. Next to soften the adhesive, add a high quality solvent cleaner such as the one included above, before using the knife again to rub off the sealant.
Finally, it’s time to add the fresh sealant until your silicone removal package has done its job.