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I recently built a shower using this same type of grout, but a different color. The matching silicone caulk I used was suitable for wet locations (picture below). I used this caulk in the gap between the vertical shower corners but I used up the one tube I ordered from HD and used clear silicone caulk along the horizontal shower to base gaps, and the ...
Hope these tips from my experience doing caulking around tubs and showers help: Take your time. Don't rush it or you'll be doing it again within a year or two. It might take two nights to get the old caulk all out. So what. You want a job that will last. Clean out all the old caulk. Use a 1" paint scraper, razor blade scraper, knife, maybe high grit ...
Your contractor is wrong. This joint should always be caulked with a silicone mold resistant kitchen/bath type caulk, as should the vertical inside corners of your tub walls. Make sure you clean out the grout joint completely and let it dry thoroughly so you have a clean surface to attach the caulk to. Then prepare to ignore it for around 15 years...
In all the shower installs I overseen, the company I worked for maintained that caulk is to be used in any inside corners except where excessive/standing water is. For example, caulk corners where tub and walls meet, and vertical inside corners where the walls come together. DO NOT caulk where the floor and walls meet, I personally seen caulk creep out of ...
All Portland cement based grout benefit from a sealer. I prefer the distillate based sealers, but I hear good things regarding the newer water based sealers. One grout type doesn't need any sealer: 2 part epoxy grout. A bit more care and effort during install, but nearly bullet proof afterwards. Shower floors and foyers really stay clean.
I have done this many times in the past. Make a weak solution of bleach and warm water (this works best) or if you don't want to use anything as aggressive then make a paste out of Bi Carbonate of Soda and Vinegar. Apply either solution to the affected areas and leave to soak for half an hour. Take an old toothbrush and scrub until the mould has gone. ...
If your thinset is a couple days old or less then slight wet the thinset sticking out and go at it with a flat head screwdriver. Usually scrapes out pretty easy the first few days.
You need to remove the thinset by grinding it out, otherwise you'll end up with uneven coloring in your grout. Thinset is also stiffer than grout, and the added rigidity could cause your tiles to crack in the future. You'd be best off biting the bullet and grinding it out now rather than replacing the tile entirely later!
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