I don’t like mould that grows on silicon in baths and showers and doesn’t come off. I’ve tried vinegar, bleach, elbow-grease, baking soda, and regular shower cleaner but it stubbornly remains. In the past we’ve paid a plumber to come and remove it and reapply fresh silicon. But over time the mould returns and we have to do it all over again.
We’ve been in lockdown for four months and although I think plumbers are still working I decided to give it a try myself. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be able to do. The hard part is removing the old silicon and then applying the fresh silicon in a neat line. I didn’t do a particularly good job of either but as my first attempt the result is not bad and I’ll definitely do it myself again next time.
Here’s the bath before.
It’s not a huge amount of mould but it’s ugly and spoils an otherwise lovely bathroom.
I used this tool to scrape away the old stuff.
One of the advantages to doing it myself is I was able to give it a really good clean underneath the silicon before applying fresh stuff. This is something the plumbers don’t do.
Once it was clean and dry I applied fresh silicon.
It’s a bit messy but you can get special tools to slide over the top to create a smooth line.
And now, voila, it looks like this. Much better.