Cook like a professional, without dropping food between your cooktop and cabinetry, by creating a protective seal with caulk (silicone, silicone sealant, adhesive, RTV silicone, RTV sealant). An even caulk application around the cooktop perimeter makes the installation look seamless. Check the caulk periodically for signs of wear such as holes or tearing. Reapplying a bead of caulk is simple and only takes a few minutes. Unify your kitchen countertop and cooktop by applying caulk to the seams. This simple maintenance step makes cleaning up a cinch, too.
Measure the gap between the cooktop and the countertop. If the gap is larger than 3/8 inch, fill in the gap with foam core. Use a foam core width that fits snugly in the crack. This gives the caulk a surface to adhere to.
Prep the edges of the cooktop by wiping them clean to remove grime and grease. Use paper towels and glass cleaner to get a deep clean. Caulk needs a smooth surface to grab. Load a nonflammable silicone caulk into the caulking gun. Using a razor blade or a knife, cut away the tip of the caulk at a 45-degree angle.
Hold the tip of the caulk tube at a 45-degree angle and draw a bead, or line, of caulk from the top left to the bottom. Press the trigger gently to dispense the caulk. Caulk the remaining sides of the cooktop.
Drag the caulk using the smoother tool along the lines of the caulk. This forces the caulk (silicone sealant, RTV silicone, silicone rubber) into the crack and makes a clean finish. Do this on all sides of the caulk. Keep the tool clean by wiping the excess on an old cloth.
Wipe away excess caulk using a damp, not wet, cloth. Allow the caulk to set for an hour before using the stove. Read the product directions to verify the cure time.
Things You Will Need
Non-flammable silicone caulk
Razor blade or knife
Test the caulk stream on a paper towel before beginning.
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