Whether it’s part of a bathroom makeover or you need to replace an old and damaged shower, knowing how to seal a shower tray is essential. And while it may sound like a daunting task, with a little care and patience, it’s a relatively simple project too.
As with any DIY job, preparation and planning are key. Remember that the sealant will need around 24 hours to properly dry and become waterproof, so make sure that you factor not being able to use the shower into your plans.
What you’ll need:
- A knife or small chisel to remove the old sealant
- Bathroom cleaner, sponge and paper towels to clean the area
- Good quality silicone sealant that’s designed for bathroom use and which is compatible with the tiles/surfaces in and around your shower tray
- Sealant applicator
- Sealant application tool (make sure that you choose the right aperture size to cover the gap between the tiles and the shower tray)
Out with the old
If you’re asking how to seal a shower tray, you may have already got rid of the old sealant. But just in case you haven’t, here’s how. Carefully scrape away the existing sealant with a chisel or knife, taking care not to damage the shower tray or tiles. Once you’ve removed as much of the old sealant as possible, wipe away the remaining residue – you may find that a little white spirit is useful for any stubborn spots.