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Bathroom sealant removal

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The sealant in my shower cubicle is starting to look tired and grubby, what is the best/easiest way to remove it without damaging the cubicle?
And suggestions for a clear sealant to replace it with?

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  • flashg67flashg67 Forumite
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    I usually cut the bulk of it out with a sharp knife and gently scrape the rest off with a stanley blade. I have used silicone remover gel  - it works but is messy - test a bit on the tray first to be sure.
    I've used many brands of silicone and found they all get mouldy over time, even the expensive ones , so usually end up with Screwfix 'no nonsense' brand
  • BelenusBelenus Forumite
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    Have you tried cleaning it with bleach or a proprietary mould cleaner?
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  • dj1471dj1471 Forumite
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    Belenus said:
    Have you tried cleaning it with bleach or a proprietary mould cleaner?
    This. If the sealant is still in good condition just mouldy/grubby then attack it with bleach, there’s no reason to remove it.

    I’ve found this method effective:
    https://youtu.be/np-Xj693oBc
  • Paully28Paully28 Forumite
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    https://hg.eu/uk/products/hg-mould-remover-foam-spray?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4cOEBhDMARIsAA3XDRgjJx3KivXKp0gYk5s1k2ki24Tn7RrFxWsVywBTt3-83ChLPv6DcnQaArtUEALw_wcB
    We used this recently and the difference was amazing. I was genuinely surprised by the difference, as now looks like new. 
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    I remember seeing somewhere that wd 40 removes it, you have to let it soak a bit, I’ve never tried it myself so I can’t comment on how effective it is, might be worth a try..
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    I normally just use thick bleach and leave it for a couple of hours. If that doesn't do it I'll remove and replace with the aforementioned Dow Corning.
  • donemedoshdonemedosh Forumite
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    Screwfix sell a removing tool for less than a tenner & I have used it many times plus it has a radius part so when you put new silicone on you can get a nice even bead. As for silicone no nonesense silicone is pretty good also a screwfix product.
  • madlynmadlyn Forumite
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    Just to confirm, the silicone does need replacing as there is a small bit missing and water is coming out of the other side.
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  • GrenageGrenage Forumite
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    As an aside, most shower enclosures aren't meant to be sealed on the inside - just the outside.  lets water flow back out and doesn't become a mouldy mess.
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