Nothing’s worse than stepping into the shower – the place where you go to get clean – and noticing that your shower caulk is old and mildewy. Scrubbing and spraying may brighten your tiles a little, but oftentimes old caulk just needs to be replaced. Instead of hiring help, consider turning the situation into a DIY project and save money by replacing the shower caulk yourself. These five simple steps can help anyone recaulk their bathroom tiles like a pro.
Step 1: Remove old caulk
There are many products available designed to soften caulk. Apply the softener first and let it set for a few hours. Then, remove the caulk with a putty knife or similar tool.
Step 2: Clean and dry the joints
Mildew stains are usually so hard to clean because they actually form behind the caulk. After removing caulk, clean the joints to remove mildew (white vinegar can be useful here). Once the mildew is gone, use a hair dryer to dry the area thoroughly. It’s essential that joints are completely dry before reapplying caulk in order to prevent mold from reforming.
Step 3: Outline the area you want to caulk with tape
Use painter’s tape to tape off the area where you want to apply new caulk. This helps you apply caulk in a straight line and achieve a professional look.
Step 4: Apply the caulk
Cut the tip of your calk gun at a 45-degree angle to ensure smooth application. When applying the caulk, apply steady pressure and release once you hit a corner.
Step 5: Smooth joints with finger
Once the caulk is applied, use a damp rag or wet finger to smooth it and remove any excess caulk. Remove the tape. Now you can enjoy a clean, bright, good-as-new shower!