So the caulk in your bathroom is wearing down or looking a little rough? Fear not, we have the right steps you should take to replace the old caulk and put some new stuff in. Caulking may not seem important, but it is a vital step in preventing moisture build up and mold growth in your home.
Below are the steps you take in replacing or adding caulk to your bathtub, shower or sink:
1. Start by closing the pop-up drain in the tub and covering the entire tub with a drop cloth to protect it from scratches, residue, etc.
2. Take the razor blade and carefully pry the old caulking off the tub. Keep the angle of the blade as low as possible and watch the caulking to see if it’s being cut. If any of the caulking is left over on the tub, the new caulking won’t stick.
3. Repeat this process on the other side of the caulking where it meets the tile.
4. Once the caulking has been cut, pull it away from the tub and tile. Use the razor blade as a guide wherever the caulking is still stuck.
5. Repeat this process in the corners of the shower stall. A corner grooving tool might work better than the razor blade here.
6. Add some rubbing alcohol to a rag and clean off the surfaces where the old caulking used to be. Have a fan running or open the window to keep the room well ventilated while using the rubbing alcohol.
7. Add painter’s tape about 1/2” from the corners where the caulking will go on both the wall side and the tub side.
8. Cut the tip of the caulking and place it in the gun.
9. Apply the caulking in between the painter’s tape lines. Keep the gun perpendicular to the surface being caulked and keep moving. Keep hitting the trigger as you go along to ensure a steady amount of caulking is coming out.
10. Once you reach a corner, trace back over the caulking lines with your finger.
11. Repeat this process for all the corners that need to be caulked.
12. Remove all the painter’s tape while the caulking is still wet.
13. Let the caulking dry for 30 minutes before using the shower again. After that, the caulking will need 24 hours to cure, so don’t touch the caulking until then.
For caulking around a bathtub, it is recommended to use 100% silicone material. To remove any existing caulking, it is advised to use whichever tool is the most comfortable, and that has a flat enough blade to get behind the caulking without scratching it. These types of scrapers and blades can be found at nearly any home improvement store.
If the caulking in your bathroom is worn or damaged, but the problem may lie in a poor installation of the shower or tub itself, you may want to call your local plumber for help with resolving the underlying issue. A professional team of plumbers, like those at Jack Ward & Sons Co., can easily evaluate your plumbing fixtures and determine the best course of action to take to make sure all of your bathroom is on the up and up. Give us a call at (615) 227-2811, today!