Laundry rooms may not have the same degree of wetness as bathrooms, but they are still prone to greater moisture and humidity than other rooms in the house. Running dryers and washing machines will increase the temperature in the room, causing moisture beads to form and seep into floors. Moisture seeping into floor edges will eventually make their way into walls to weaken the structural integrity of your home. Untreated moisture could also cause the formation of mould and mildew, which could trigger allergies. Follow these simple steps to seal the edges of your laundry room floor to reinforce waterproofing in this area. These steps work on all types of tile, vinyl and laminate floors.
Choose Sealant And Sealing Gun Wisely
Your laundry room is subject to moisture, so you'll want to choose durable and moisture-resistant sealant to prevent the growth of mould and mildew on the floor edges. Silicone sealant is easily available at home improvement stores and lasts for a long time, making it a good waterproofing solution. Silicone sealant acts as a high-strength adhesive that doesn't shrink, making it an excellent choice to fill and bond gaps between the walls and floor surfaces. Make sure you also purchase a high-quality sealant gun to generate higher pressure with minimal effort. The sturdy plunging mechanism will help you apply a smooth and even sealant flow across the floor edges.
Remove Any Existing Sealant Before Applying The New Layer
You cannot expect new sealant to adhere to the surface when applied on top of old silicone, so make sure you strip out the old sealant. Start by slicing through the sealant strips with an oscillating tool or utility knife. Scrape off as much silicone as possible. You can also apply sealant remover to make the silicone easier to remove. Once the old layer has been stripped off, clean out any mould and mildew on the surface using mineral spirits. Let the entire surface dry before applying the silicone waterproofing sealant.
Apply the Silicone Sealant Along The Edges
Cut the tip of the silicone tube with a sharp utility knife and load it into the sealant gun. Gently apply the silicone sealant across the edges of your laundry room floor, taking care to ensure that all gaps between the walls and the floors are covered. Use a gloved finger across the silicone sealant to integrate it into tiny gaps more easily. Remove excess sealant from the surface before it dries. Let the sealant cure overnight before using your laundry room.
These simple waterproofing steps will ensure that your laundry room floor edges are sealed properly to prevent moisture from causing undue damage to your home.