Years of enjoying bath time can wear down bathtubs, causing unsightly damage that may even affect the quality of your bathing experience.
If you love bath time and are ready to give some love back to your tub, re-caulking the tub can be an effective way to remove mold, mildew and other unpleasant damage while giving your tub – and possibly your entire bathroom – a fresh, clean look.
4 Basic Steps to Re-caulking Your Tub
- Remove the old caulk – Carefully using a putty knife or razor blade, peel the old caulk away from the base and/or top edges of the bathtub. Caulk softener can be helpful in more stubborn areas.
- Clean the surround – With a small vacuum, remove any remaining caulk debris from around the tub and/or surrounding tile. You may need to go over these areas with a wet towel to capture smaller debris.
- Apply the new caulk – After cutting the edge of the caulk tube, use a caulk gun to apply new caulk to the necessary areas. For each region, try to apply the caulk in a single, steady motion so that an even amount is distributed across that region.
- Smooth it out & clean off the excess caulk – Once a region has been re-caulked, use your finger to push down and smooth out the newly applied caulk. As you do this, keep an eye on the surrounding tub and tile to make sure you are not inadvertently transferring the caulk onto those clean surfaces. Once done, let the caulk set and dry.
Re-caulking Your Tub: Helpful Pro Tips
- Replace the caulk around the tub once a year if you are serious about preventing water damage and prolonging the life of your tub.
- When preparing to re-caulk your tub, filling it with water before you get started can be helpful (in that it can open up the gaps by weighing the tub down).
- Take your time when cleaning the tub and tile after the old caulk has been removed and before applying the new caulk. Re-caulking on a surface that is as clean as possible is important to proper application/ensuring a solid connection.
- Know the caulk’s drying time. Most caulks have short drying/setting times. Be sure you are aware of this before you get to work so that you know how long you have to smooth out/fix the new caulk after applying it.
Give Your Tub More Love by Refinishing It
While re-caulking a tub can go a long way towards preventing water damage, if the damage has already been done – and your tub needs more love than a simple re-caulk job, contact the pros at Colorado Tub Repair for a free bathtub refinishing quote. You can call us at (303) 908-8764 or click here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.
Taking a nice, warm bath can be a joy for children and adults alike. While kids may love bath time because they get to play with water, for adults, baths can be a place to unwind, get some space and relax.
Regardless of why you and your family may love bath time, what you do and/or use during bath time may not be showing your bathtub any love. While we have previously pointed out some things to avoid using in tubs to avoid damaging them, below are some tub-friendly items (i.e., items that won’t damage your tub) that may help you (and your kids) love bath time just a little bit more… if that’s possible!
- Bathtub caddies – Want a place to put a book, a candle or even maybe a glass of wine while you enjoy a bath? Try a shower caddy that rests over the edges of your tub.
- Pro Tip: Remove the caddy after every bath, and dry the edges of the tub where the caddy rested. This ensures that your tub’s surface will fully dry after each use.
- Dye-free bath bombs and bubble baths – Bubble bath doesn’t just have to be for your kids. Try adding some dye-free bubbles to your next bath session for some added luxury and fun.
- Pro Tip: Rinse any residual bubbles out of the tub when the water finishes draining. This prevents the damaging buildup of soap scum.
- Stain-free bathtub coloring sets for kids – These allow kids to essentially color in the tub.
- Pro Tip: Same as above – rinse any residual colors off of the tub and/or surrounding tile to prevent any discoloration.
- Floating bathtub LED lights – For children and adults, floating LED lights can add a new twist to bath time (and a whole new feel to the bathroom – especially if you turn down the overhead lighting).
- Pro Tip: Remove these lights from the tub after each use. While these lights can present a falling hazard to the next unsuspecting bather, they may also trap water beneath them if you leave them in tub (and water trapped on the surface of your tub will damage it).
Show Your Tub Some More Love: Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today
If your tub is ready for some extra love, it may be time to refinish its surface, giving it a new look and life. To receive a free bathtub refinishing quote today, click here or contact us by calling (303) 908-8764. You can also email us using this contact form.
The small touches you add in and around your tub can personalize your bathroom and enhance your bathing experience. Sometimes, however, these touches may also come with a downside – and that can be that they ruin the surface of your bathtub, causing stains, rust and other unsightly damage that reduces your tub’s shelf life.
To help you avoid this (especially in light of the fact that some of these tub killers are prominently featured on social media sites like Pinterest), here are some specific bath accessories and products to refrain from using in your tub.
- Acidic, abrasive or gritty cleansers – You may think that you are loving your tub back by aggressively cleaning it with caustic or gritty cleaners, including some “home recipes” for tub cleaners (like those that contain vinegar). Your tub may even glisten after you wash it with these harsh substances. The fact is, however, that these substances will damage the surface of your tub.
- For a thorough cleaning that won’t damage your tub, use Dawn dish soap.
- Bathtub mats – These mats, which are fixed by suctions cups that stick to the bottoms of tubs, can trap water and soap scum beneath them. Overtime, this trapped water and grime can eat away at the surface of tubs. This causes the regions beneath the mats to become damaged far more quickly than the areas of the tub that are allowed to breath and dry between bathing sessions.
- For slip and fall protection that won’t damage your tub, consider adding a safety grip and/or installing a walk-in tub conversion.
- Bathtub pillows and headrests – Also fixed by suction cups, these accessories can also be tub killers, accelerating the damage wrecked on your tub’s surface.
- For head support when bathing, roll up a towel, and place it under your head and/or neck. Towels can be removed (and even used to dry the tub) when you are done bathing. And they won’t cause any extra damage.
- Any toys or accessories with suction cups – By now, it may be obvious: suction cups or anything that traps water and/or soap scum on the surface of a tub will ruin it. So, the real take away is to avoid any bathtub items with suction cups. This is a great way to show your bathtub some love!
- For some extra fun or utility in the tub, opt for toys that can be removed after bath time, as well as shelving outside of the bathtub/shower area. Removing everything from the tub after bath or shower time allows for complete drying (another way to give your tub back some love!).
- Bathtub tints or colors – If these items are not specifically “stain-free,” don’t use them in your tub. They can discolor and stain your tub.
- For extra luxury in the bath that won’t ruin your tub, go for some fancy, dye-free bubble bath or even rose petals.
Show Your Tub Some More Love: Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today
If your tub is ready for some extra love, it may be time to refinish its surface, giving it a new look and life. To receive a free bathtub refinishing quote today, click here or contact us by calling (303) 908-8764. You can also email us using the contact form located here.