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Sealing around a bath, shower or sink :: Posted by: Admin on October 10th, 2013

Silicone bath edge

Sealing around a bath or sink

If you need to seal or re-seal around a bath, shower cubicle or sink you you need to make sure you seal up well to avoid water leaks. A silicone sealer is used for this job.

Ideally running a bead of silicone along the bath, shower cubicle or sink where it touches the wall before you tile and then after tiling will give you a double protection against leaks, but this is not always possible.

If you are replacing silicone you need to ensure all old sealant is removed, as well as any mould or mildew that you are going to seal over. You can use a craft knife to cut away the old silicone and a mould and mildew spray to kill that. Then thoroughly clean the area to make sure there isn’t any spray residue left. You can also use a silicone sealer remover to remove any last bits of old silicone. Again make sure you wash any residue away with a little water.

Before you use silicone sealer

Before you use silicone sealer make sure the area is clean, dry and free from any loose debris, if you have washed the area make sure it is perfectly dry first. You may have to leave overnight to dry fully.

If you have just grouted tiles, leave the grout to fully dry for 24 hours before apply the silicone sealer.

Before you start to apply the silicone, fill the bath, shower or sink with water, this adds weight so opens the gap for you to seal, if you do not do this when you stand in the bath or shower or use the sink it could potentially move and open up a gap allowing water to penetrate the gap and cause problems. This is especially key around baths and shower cubicles or where lots of water is used.

Applying silicone sealer

Apply the sealer with a steady even pressure along the bath, shower cubicle or sink edge and tile. Move at a slow steady pace and do a long length in one go, only apply a small bead of silicone as too much will result in a messy job.

Once you have a neat bead of silicone, use a damp finger or a silicone smoothing tool to smooth out the bead and help push it into the gap and seal the edges.

Once you have sealed everything you need to, leave the silicone sealer to cure for 24 hours before getting it wet or touching it. Leave the water in the bath, shower cubicle or sink whilst the silicone dries.

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How to measure for tiles :: Posted by: Admin on February 2nd, 2013

How to measure for tiles

If you want to tile a splash back, one wall, an entire bathroom or a floor you will need to work out how many tiles you need to buy. Tiles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, there are border tiles, floor tiles, wall tiles and they come in many different colours and textures.

The most common place to tile is the bathroom and kitchen, this can be a simple splash back behind the bathroom sink or tiled walls above the kitchen worktop, what ever the reason or wherever you are tiling you need to know how to work out the quantity of ties needed.

Measuring for tiles


To measure for tiles you will need the following:

  • A notepad
  • A pen or pencil
  • A tape measure

To measure for tiles you need to split each area up rather than adding them altogether, so measure one section at a time, for example, measure one walls width and height and note these down. Then measure the next wall and note it’s measurements down and so on until all the area’s are measured and measurements are noted down.

You will also need to know on the width and height of the tiles you intend to use. This is required to calculate how many tiles you will need for each area.

Calculating tiles needed

Once you have measured and noted down each area to be tiles and the size of tiles you intend to use you an now work out how many tiles will be required for each area you measured. You can nw use this tile calculator to work out the number of tiles for each area and then add them together to work out the total required amount.

Simply enter the tiles width and height, then the area to be tiled width and height and then put an amount to allow for breakages and wastage, this is optional but typically 10% is added to allow for wastage and any breakages but you can choose between 5%, 10% or 15%. Then hit the calculate button to see the results.

If you measure in feet and inches you can use the Feet to Metres converter provided.

Write down all the results and add the number of tiles together, this will be the total amount required.

Watch this quick video to see just how easy this tile calculator is to use.

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Tiling : How many Tiles do I need :: Posted by: Admin on March 27th, 2012

How many tiles do I need?

Weather it is a large or small tiling job it is important to know how many tiles you need for the area you are going to tile.

Bathroom, Kitchen, Wet Room or Splashback

Our tile calculator helps you to work out how many tiles you need to tile your chosen surface, weather it be a Kitchen, Bathroom, Wet room or just a single wall or splashback.

Three simple steps

The tile calculator on my property decorating website is quick and simple to use and has just 3 simple steps. And even allows you to select a percentage to add for wastage and breakages.

Measure up to use the tile calculator

To use this calculator you need to know the tile size you are going to use, these can be any size you like, also you need to know the size of area in metres to be tiled.

Then you simply enter all the required numbers into the calculator and click the calculate button.

The tile calculator includes a feet to metre converter for people who measure in feet and inches.

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