Soap holders add both convenience and aesthetics to the bathroom. We don’t only use it to hold the soap. Many people will grab it to lift themselves from the bathtub or toilet. Plus, people often grab it to save themselves if they tend to slip on the floor. All these might lead to a damaged or broken soap holder. Also, the protruding soap holder may become loose from the wall.
The good news is you can fix it at home. Yes, you can follow the guideline on how to fix a soap holder in the bathroom and complete the job confidently at home. You will need to reinstall it, similar to the wall tiles in the bathroom. Also, for any broken parts, you can attach them using glue.
How to Fix Soap Holder In Bathroom:
Fixing the soap holder has three sections. For minor damages, you may fix it with glue. If the soap holder is entirely broken and can’t be reused, you must remove and replace it with a new one. We will guide you with fixing the soap holder in the bathroom with the correct installation slope.
Section 1: Fix minor damages
In homes, the soap holder may be plastic-made. If any part of it is damaged or broken, it’s possible to fix it with glue. You can find adhesives and glue for fixing plastic material online. You may choose the Gorilla 2-Part Epoxy adhesive for this purpose. It fills the gap between broken parts fast and offers a permanent solution.
Apply the epoxy on the edges of the broken soap holder and fix them. Provide the parts with enough support for 5 to 10 minutes. The adhesive will dry within 5 minutes, and attach the damaged soap holder.
Section 2: Removing the soap holder
When the soap holder is broken at a stage that can’t be fixed using adhesives, you should replace it. You must remove it from the waterproof brick and tile wall first.
- As you remove the soap holder, put a blanket on the floor. It will hold the burrs of the tile as you cut it to remove the soap holder. Also, it protects the bathroom floor from unwanted damage.
- Now, take a drill and connect a ¼ inches drill bit to it. You need to drill around the soap holder and create an X-pattern on the wall. Ensure that the drilling is ½ inch away from the case, and it shouldn’t enter the finished wall behind it.
- After you have drilled the hole around the holder, position the chisel into it. You should use a cold chisel to avoid damaging the drywall. Hammer the chisel carefully around the soap holder to remove the remaining part of it.
Once you cut around the soap holder with the chisel, you may pry it off the bathroom wall.
Section 3: Install the new soap holder
First, you should purchase a new soap holder as a replacement. You may choose plastic or metal soap holders. Metal ones will be expensive and require slightly more effort and technicality to install it. So, be aware of these two facts while purchasing the metal soap holder.
Step 1: Removing the grout from the adjacent tiles
The tiles will have adhesives and grouts from the previous soap holder. You must remove these grouts to install the new one. Otherwise, the new adhesives will stay on the tiles. You need to use the grout saw to eliminate the grout.
Sometimes, you may use an undamaged but old soap holder. Look around it to get rid of the existing adhesives from it too. Cleaner surfaces will allow the new adhesive to stick better on it.
Step 2: Mixing mortar for the wall
You should create a thin layer of mortar to apply on the wall after installation. It fills the gap you made to remove the broken soap holder.
- In a bucket, pour in ½ pounds of thin mortar set.
- Add water to it to mix with the thin mortar set.
- You should mix them using the margin trowel carefully.
- The mixture should feel like cake icing with consistency.
- Unless you achieve maximum consistency, keep mixing the thin mortar set with water.
Step 3: Apply thin mortar set on soap holder and wall
You will need a notched trowel now. Its notch should be around ¼ inches. Pick some thin mortar set with the notched trowel and apply it between the tiles. Then, use the straighter edge of the trowel to apply the mortar set on the back of your bathroom soap holder.
Step 4: Attach the soap holder to the wall
After spreading the thin mortar set evenly on the soap holder’s back and bathroom wall, press it against it. Apply firm pressure to secure it with the tile wall. It ensures that the adhesive sticks to the wall and soap holder appropriately.
Step 5: Finish the replacement with caulk
Some thin mortar set and adhesives will ooze out as you press the soap holder. So, remove the excess adhesive and mortar set with a dampened cloth before they get dry. Ensure that the soap holder is leveled correctly. For this, use a leveler.
Finally, apply silicone caulk around the soap holder. To apply appropriately, you must cut the caulk tip at a 45-degree angle. The caulk will stop water from seeping from the soap holder and its back.
Soap holders are usable daily in our bathroom. So, you must fix the soap holder in the bathroom ASAP. The key is to choose the right soap holder with adhesive. Also, remove grouts from the tile wall to apply the glue correctly. Finally, use caulk and a thin mortar set to secure the entire installation process of the new soap holder. The DIY replacement will take less than 30 minutes.