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.