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Caulking Your Bathroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Kitchen and Bath, Tile, Tips

One of our clients recently mentioned that she had a water leak. It started in her bathroom but ended up causing a huge damp spot on her dining room ceiling. She has a tile shower and somehow a leak developed. To spare all of you the same headache, here is some information to prevent this from happening to you.

If you have tile shower walls, there is a very good possibility that a leak could develop between the tile and the tub. As your house moves (a natural process that occurs in every home), a hairline crack can occur that allows water to get into the joint. Once water gets in, there is no telling how much damage can be done.

Caulking between your shower walls and tub prevents leaks and reduces mildew buildup. Removing old caulk and recaulking joints between tiles and your tub is an annual bathroom maintenance job. You heard that right – it is an annual job.

There’s another good reason to recaulk. If you’ve tried to remove the black mildew stains from caulk, you know the blemishes are often stubborn and unyielding. That’s because the stains are often behind the caulk, between the caulk and the wall. The answer, of course, is to remove the caulk, kill the mildew, and then replace the caulk.

Removing the caulk isn’t as hard as it appears. There are commercial  products that can assist you with the job. These products are specially formulated to soften caulk for easy removal. After the caulk has softened, remove it with a putty knife. Clean the joint area with paint thinner and then wipe it down with a clean cloth. Kill mildew with a mixture of bleach, water and powdered laundry detergent. (NEVER use any detergent that contains ammonia with bleach as this can create a dangerous gas). Place these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the affected areas and then rinse well with water. Use your blow dryer to dry the area. Now you are ready to reapply some caulk.

Apply tub and tile caulk into the joint and smooth it with your finger, an old teaspoon, or a caulking spreader. Immediately remove the tape by pulling it out and away from the freshly caulked joint. Be careful not to touch the caulk. Let it dry. If you don’t want to take the risk and try this on your own, definitely ask a professional.

Not only will your shower look better, but you are also preventing leaks and future water damage.


Reader Question of the Week

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Design and Decorating, Kitchen and Bath, Reader Question

My husband and I are thinking of redesigning our master bathroom. We would like to add a walk in shower.

Q. What is the recommended size of the shower?

A. The recommended size for a shower is 36”x36”. Showers are only required to be 30”x30”. Of course there is no rule that says you can’t go bigger.

Q. What glass is the easiest to keep clean?

A. Obscure glass hides the most day to day use. Clear glass is easier to wipe down. The answer depends on how often you like to clean! If you are really worried about keeping a glass shower door clean, just etch the glass. Not only can you feel the texture of this lace-like design on both the inside and outside of the shower panels, you can also get a sense of movement under light. The best part: It’s naturally resistant to fingerprints and stains, which makes this product a top choice for this high-traffic space.

Q. If we decide to install a bench in the shower, what height should it be?

A. Shower benches and seats should be 17”-19” above the shower floor and 15” deep.

Good luck with your home improvement project. Here are a few other trendy design ideas you may want to consider:

To make your shower stand out you can always elevate it.

Add water proof speakers so you can get your groove on while you get ready to start your day.

Add fully programmable steam shower controls and a niche for candles and accessories to create a spa-like experience.

Be creative with your materials. Use river rock, slate or tumbled marble and make your bathroom as unique as possible!

Shower Solutions

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile

How many of you took a shower this morning…..and had to retrieve your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shaving cream from the corner of your shower on the floor OR from the bench that was designed for you to sit on…that you haven’t sat on since you moved in all of the products from the health and beauty aisle at the grocery store? We want to be sure you know about something that we offer that you will not find anywhere else.

” I designed this out of frustration because of the collection of products I had in my shower. It looked like a grocery store because I had conditioner, shampoo, body soap, shavers, a loofah, plus all my husband’s product lined up on my shower floor. Not only was it a hazard, but took up valuable space in my shower. I swear my husband and I didn’t use the same soap, conditioner or hair care products. I realized that the space between the studs was a waste….so designed this caddy to store all those products. ” – Elaine Carlson

Installation is easy because it fits between a 2 x 4. All you need is a cross brace between the studs and the caddy rest on that board. The best part is – you can do it even after you have finished your bathroom. You can cut out any area (providing you have space between your studs) nail in a 2×4 and slide the caddy in with silicone around the outer edge….let it dry and you are done. The only thing you have to be careful about is you don’t make your opening larger than the area the caddy will cover.

It comes in 4 colors and looks like real stone although it is a resin and marble dust. It sells for $129. Keep in mind, if you have an installer do it from scratch it would cost twice as much and you would not have the finished shelf dividers!