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Seekonk Tip of the Week #1 - Caulking

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Caulking around a bathtub, with painters tape around the edges Photo from https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Caulk-Around-Bathtub-34193969

Caulking a Bathtub 

Is your bathtub in need of some new caulking? Want to do it yourself easy-peasy? Here are some tips:

Step 1: Remove the old caulk using a razor or scraper

  • Fiberglass and plastic rubs can easily be scratched, be sure to use a plastic scraper for these kinds of tubs.
  • Place the blade flush against the bathtub surface, use small quick strokes to scrape the caulk. 
  • Wipe or vacuum any leftover pieces. 

Step 2: Clean the tub with alcohol

  • If there are any pieces of caulk left, you can soak a rag in alcohol and let it sit for at least 24 hours, then it will be easier to scrape off.

Step 3: Use a mixture of bleach and water to remove any mildew

  • 1/3 cup bleach + 1 gallon water
  • Make sure the room is properly ventilated 
  • Use a scrub brush
  • Make sure it is completely dry before applying the new caulk.
    • Leaving overnight is best 

Step 4: Caulking 

  • Be sure you purchased caulk specific for bathrooms, and is specific for your type of tub 
    • Fiberglass tubs: silicone caulk
    • Ceramic tubs: acrylic latex 
  • Use painters tape above/below the edges where you will apply the caulk
    • this will ensure perfect edges
    • Remove tape while the caulk is still wet
  • Hold the tube with application gun at a 45-degree angle so the caulk will spread evenly
  • Apply steady pressure and speed
  • Shape the caulk into a smooth, concave shape using a paper towel and your finger. 

Let the caulk dry for 48 hours before using the tub (There are specific instructions on each tube for drying times)

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