Over time, the caulk in your bathroom can start to splinter. Although it’s normal for caulk to wear away naturally, it can worsen your bathroom by making it look dirtier than it really is. You may avoid this by recaulking, but eliminate the existing caulk entirely before reapplying. Eliminate bathroom caulk by following these tips!
Soften the Existing Caulk
It’s vital first to soften the existing caulk to ensure a clean removal. This will prevent a messy and complex removal and help you quickly eliminate bathroom caulk that can be stubborn. In addition, the softening approach involves applying caulk remover and waiting at least 2 hours before removal. Ideally, you want to allow the caulk remover to sit for about a day before eliminating the previous material.
The Magic of Caulk Removal
Once the caulk remover has had time to work its magic, you may eliminate the old caulk. Also, the caulk should quickly come off in large pieces if it had enough time to sit with the remover. Plus, use a caulk remover tool instead of a utility knife because knives can damage your bathtub if you are not a caulking expert. Additionally, you can find caulk removal tools at your local hardware store to help you eliminate bathroom caulk without damaging your fixtures.
Clean Up & Sterilize
Whether your caulk was more stubborn or removed in significant, clean pieces, clean-up is a vital step in the elimination of caulk. There will typically be minor parts left between your plumbing fixtures, tile, and stubborn remains.
Even if it was an easy removal, it’s critical to sterilize the area before the caulk application. So, make sure to sterilize the newly cleaned surface thoroughly with alcohol. Once it dries completely, wash the area with a bleach solution of one part and three parts water. This will kill any mildew or mold that may cause problems with your bathroom caulk. After this process, you should be ready to freshen up your bathroom with a brand-new caulk application.
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