Caulk serves an important purpose. It prevents water from seeping below and behind a sink or a tub, which protects the surfaces beneath these items from becoming moldy and water damaged. If your caulk has begun to peel or chip away, it's time to replace it. This is usually a task you can tackle yourself. Just follow these steps.
Step 1: Choose your caulk.
Head to the hardware store to buy your caulk. What you're looking for is silicone caulk. This is flexible enough for use around your sink or tub, and it seals well to tile, stainless steel, ceramic, and most other materials you find in a bathroom or kitchen. Silicone caulk usually comes in white or cream; choose the color you like best.
If you have a caulk gun or don't mind buying one, you can buy a standard tube of caulk that fits into the caulking gun. Otherwise, you can purchase caulk in a self-applicating tube.
Step 2: Remove the old caulk.
Don't just apply more caulk over the old caulk. This will just result in both layers of caulk peeling away. Use a utility knife to help pry out the old caulk. Make sure you get all of the little particles so your new caulk can seal properly. Once all the old caulk is removed, wait a few days to ensure everything dries out completely. Don't use that sink or tub in the meantime.
Step 3: Apply the new caulk.
Start at one corner of the tub or sink. Hold the caulk tube or caulk gun at a 45-degree angle to the crease between the sink and base. Then, squeeze gently and pull the caulk in a straight line across the crease, releasing a thin rope of caulk. You don't want to apply too much. Just a thin bead of about 1/8 inch is great. Once you've moved all of the way across that side, use your finger (wear gloves if you don't want to get messy) to gently smooth out the bead of caulk. Repeat this on the other sides.
Step 4: Clean up.
Take a paper towel dipped in a little rubbing alcohol, and use this to wipe up any smeared caulk before it dries. The alcohol should pick up the silicone, but it only works when it's still wet, so work quickly. Then, let the caulk set for at least two days before using that sink or tub.
For more questions about caulking around your sink and tub or if you need more extensive repairs, talk to a company that specializes in bathroom remodeling like ABEL Plumbing Inc.Share
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