Step by Step Guide for Re-Caulking the Bathtub

Caulking the tub is not a home improvement job that you wake up excited to complete, nonetheless, as a conscientious homeowner it is a necessary task. Replacing the caulk around the tub, kitchen sink, reduces the chance of mold and mildew problems down the road. Mold is not something you want to deal with.

The first order of business is to create a checklist with items and tools needed to successfully compete the project in its entirety.

→ Caulk Removal Tool

→ Bleach

→ Cleaning Rags

→ Abrasive Sponge

→ Spray Bottle

→ Blow Dryer

→ Tub & Tile Caulk Gun

Once you have gathered the tools and materials simply follow these steps:

1. Take the caulk removal tool and dig into the old caulk with the hook side. This will loosen up the caulk line. Continue to pull at old caulk until all of it has been removed.

removing caulk from tub (Image found at: www.houselogic.com)

2. Now take the bleach and abrasive sponge (if you are sensitive to strong smells, consider wearing a mask), mix one part water and one part bleach inside of a spray bottle. Spray the bleach mix all the way around where the old caulk line was and use the abrasive sponge to remove all remnants of caulking.

3. Wipe the surface of the tub with the clean rag and use the blow dryer to dry off the caulk line. Do not continue until the surface is totally dry.

4. Fill up the tub with cold water to weigh it down.

water in tub (Image found at: www.diynetwork.com)

5. Final step, (you do have the option of lining above and below the caulk line with painter’s tape to ensure a straight and easy line to follow). First read the instructions on the caulk gun, then use it to lay a thick, continuous line of caulking along the bathtub’s edge. finish by washing your hands with water in the bathroom sink (no soap), dry hands, dip finger in clean water and run it down the line without pressing. This will help determine any gaps that need a little extra to ensure an expert appearance.

Keep the water in the tub, and follow the wait time instructed on the caulking material, before using the bathtub.

For bathtubs with no caulk added check out this how to video from the DIY Network:

Article Reference:

Home Tips: How to Repair the Caulk on Your Bath Tub

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