How to Glue Ceramic Towel Bars

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Typically fired with a glossy white finish, ceramic towel holders complement almost any bathroom décor while adding subtle, yet elegant accents. Some types of towel holders slide onto wall mounts, while others are affixed with adhesive. Secure a ceramic towel holder to a painted wall or a ceramic wall with construction-grade silicon caulk--a versatile and strong adhesive and sealant.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Construction-grade silicon caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Masking tape
  • Clean the wall in the area where the bar will be installed by scrubbing it with a sponge and a solution of hot water and dish soap. Washing will ensure there is no grime to interfere with adhesion. Rinse and dry the wall.

  • Place a level on the wall where you would like to install the towel bar. Adjust the level until it is aligned horizontally and trace the edge to make a line. Use a graphite pencil for painted walls and a grease pencil for tiled walls.

  • Cover the flat backsides of the towel bar end caps with caulk.

  • Press the towel bar in place. Dip a finger in rubbing alcohol and use it to smooth down any caulk that oozes out around the edges of the end caps. Wipe away any smears quickly with a warm, damp cloth.

  • Place crisscrossing pieces of masking tape across both end caps and onto the wall to hold the towel bar in place. Leave the caulk to cure for at least eight hours before removing the tape and using the towel bar.

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