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Caulking: The Kitchen

Posted by Brannt Faris on

Kitchens can be a lot of work. They’re constantly facing wear and tear, especially from water and foot traffic. It’s important to make sure that liquid and general junk doesn’t get into small spaces where it can do a lot of damage. Thats where sealants come in.

So where should you be laying down sealant and why?

Countertops

Kitchen countertops see a lot of action, and they can get kind of messy. And since walls are a pain to clean, most counters make ample use of backsplash materials, most commonly tile or stainless steel. But where the two surfaces meet must be carefully sealed to avoid water damage or foodstuffs getting stuck. Imagine a colony of ants deciding to make their home in the space where your countertop meets your backsplash tiles.

Floors

Floors are incredibly susceptible water damage and food stains. Water especially can seep into cracks in tiles and the joints between the flooring and counters. Water in floors and cause damage that may not be noticeable until it’s too late to fix. Luckily silicone sealant is one of the best types of sealants to use for waterproofing.

Sealant will keep messes out of the hard-to-reach areas, keeping the cracks and joints in your kitchen looking nice.

The Kitchen Sink

As a general rule, any joints that may come into contact with water should be properly sealed, so don’t forget the wettest place in your kitchen: the sink. Sealing the edges of your sinkwill keep mold from growing and stop water from leaking through to the lower cabinets or the wall behind the counter.

Why choose silicone?

Silicone is a popular caulking choice in kitchens and bathrooms because it is completely resistant to water and retains color very well. It also stays flexible in a wide range of temperatures, meaning sealed projects are unlikely to crack. Silicone bonds well to nearly all objects and can last for decadeswhen prepared correctly.

Silicone sealants best for home projects can be ordered from Silicone Depot along with all the tools you might need to get sealed up and keep your kitchen looking good and resistant to damage.