Shower corners are most susceptible to water splashes. The constant dampness leads to mold breeding and staining due to soap scum build-up. Many of you get shower caulking done to seal the corners. But long does the caulk last? Maximum six months after which you have to endure the entire process again! You get caulk removal done and then re-caulking and this way you get into a continuous loop. But what if we tell you that we have innovated some revolutionary procedures that give you a permanent fix for your caulking? Do not re-caulk your shower as it is an outdated technology. Read on further to find a better solution.
As you can see, the caulking is peeling from one edge.
The caulking in this image has turned blackish and is making the floor look ugly.
Why are the Common Issues with Caulk?
- Caulk peels off in wet settings and damp surroundings.
- The moisture always present in showers also leads to mold breeding, which further deteriorates the caulk, often leaving a blackish green stain.
- When the weather conditions are too dry, caulking shrinks and cracks, which leads to gaps in the corners.
- Water gets stagnant in the gaps and leads to mold development. You will find mold and mildew on caulk and on the corners often due to this dampness. Mold and mildew when left ignored lead to respiratory and eye problems along with reeking a foul odor.
What is the Common Practice to get Rid of Caulking Issues?
Many low quality contractors resort to re-caulking if your old caulk starts to peel off or cracks. Re-caulking is nothing but removing the existing caulk and adding a new caulk. Now when the same product failed previously, how do you expect the similar product to give permanent results this time? Caulking a shower or re-caulking only leads to mounting maintenance expenses and temporary solutions for your shower corners. What you need is a permanent fix and not these temporary band-aid solutions, which wear off within a few months.
Why Caulking Fails?
Most caulks are made of acrylic or silicone material which are not weather-proof. These caulks get affected by both extremely wet and dry settings and wear off. Showers are extremely damp areas and hence peeling of caulk is a common issue. Moreover, in very dry weather conditions, you will find the caulk to shrink and crack. This product is a failure for showers. Regardless of how many times you re-caulk your shower, you will always find the treatment to be a failure. What you need is a totally different product, which is ineffective to shower conditions.
How does Mold and Mildew Form Under the Caulk?
When the caulk shrinks and cracks, water gets accumulated in the crevices. There is a certain love affair between mold and dampness. Hence you get mold growth under the caulk with stagnant water.. Peeling off caulk also makes mold and mildew breeding very easy in the newly formed gaps in the shower grout. If you leave the mold to develop, it will quickly spread on the entire tile surface within a week. If you find mold on top of your caulk, then it is obvious that there is mold under it too. Mold not only ruins the aesthetic beauty of your surfaces with its blacking green hue, but it also causes a lot of health hazards such as respiratory and eye problems. Mold also stinks badly, making your showers very unappealing and disgusting.
What is a Better Solution?
There are some new age epoxy resin sealers available in the market, which seal your shower corners perfectly without ever popping off from the surface. These new sealers form a permanent seal on the corners. They do not crack or shrink like caulk. Not all contractors offer this service and you need to find out from your contractor about the type of shower sealing service they provide. One such sealer is Sentura.
Sentura manufactured by pFOkUS® is a revolutionary product which has totally replaced the need of caulking. It is a two part pigmented flexible solvent based epoxy/resin, formulated with a 1200psi adhesion, which ensures that it never pops out from the surface. It protects the floor from bacteria and stains which breed in shower corners. Sentura never cracks in dry settings like caulk. Sentura can be pigmented in over 40 colors to make the shower area look very natural. Sentura is also used to repair cracked tile and grout.
Why is Sentura Better than Caulk?
- Sentura does not crack like caulk in dry weather conditions.
- It does not peel like caulk in wet settings.
- It offers a permanent fix as opposed to caulking which needs to be redone after a few months.
- It does not give a bulky appearance to your tile like caulk.
- It can be shaded in more than 40 colors to match your tile color unlike caulk which is available in few shades only.
How to Seal Shower Corners Using Sentura?
Here is how you can use Sentura to seal your shower corners. You need to first remove old caulk and clean the surface with a powerful cleaner like Imperia Deep Clean. Sentura kit comes with an applicator bag and a few containers.
- Add all part A and part B contents in the empty container.
- Mix thoroughly in the empty container.
- Put mixed material into the applicator bag.
- Fill all the cracks and voids with Sentura.
- Use water to smooth Sentura.
- If there is a loose tile, apply Sentura to fix it.
The shower corners are fixed with Sentura. These results are long-lasting and you will never have to worry about re-caulking your shower again.
This is how you can remove old caulking, clean the tile and then seal the corners with Sentura for permanent results. D'Sapone® – one of the leading tile, stone, grout and glass restoration service providers in the US have highly trained employees with technical know-how and also an eye for detail. They use products manufactured by pFOkUS® and also offer a 5 year labor warranty on their services. So, if you feel you need to re-caulk your shower, just call D'Sapone® to hire their services.