Easy step by step guide on How to replace caulking in your bathroom
In hot and humid bathroom the caulk around the tub/ shower pan are subject to mold. In time the mold will form dark, hideous spots. If mold “grown into “the caulk, it must be replaced. So how do you replace caulking? Below you will find our simple, 7 step guide to teach you exactly that.
7 easy steps to replace caulking and become a pro in no time
Step 1: With a sharp knife remove the old filling. This must be done very carefully – not to damage the tiles or scratch the tub.
Step 2: Remove the cut pieces of caulk and soap scum from the gap between the wall and tub. It is best to sweep them with a soft brush.
TIP: Instead of laboriously scrape of the remains of the caulk, it is better to soften the caulk with a softening agent, like mineral spirit, that will help you get rid of it faster. Note, however, that these types of measures will not work on a thick layer of caulking and a long exposure to the chemicals may damage the surface.
Step 3: After cleaning, the surface should be thoroughly dried. Wipe the area with a dry cloth. Remember to remove the grease from the remaining areas where the caulk will be applied to, such as glass, mirror, and tile with glass cleaner or alcohol.
TIP: If the time is of an essence, wipe the surface dry with a terry cloth and use a hair dryer to ensure the area is completely dry.
Step 4: Before you re- fill the gap with the caulk, cover your wall and tub, as close to the gap as possible, with masking tape. It will protect the surface from unnecessary dirt and appoint the edges to be filled with caulk.
Step 5: Clean and dry joints are filled with caulk, whether is it white or clear. It is squeezed out of a tube with a special gun. The end of the tube should be cut at an angle, with the width corresponding to the width of the gap you are filling in. Fill the gap in one, even stroke.
Step 6: With a continuous motion smooth the caulk with your finger, removing excess caulk. Proper shaping and smoothing of the surface of the caulk will prevent buildup of dirt and mildew and provide water to flow freely.
Step 7: As soon as the caulk is smoothed, carefully remove the painter’s tape. Let the caulk dry. For best results, leave it to dry for 24 hours.