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Home Improvement  /  February 26, 2021

When Is It Time to Re-Caulk Your Bathroom?

Caulk is a thick adhesive material that is used to seal joints or seams. It can be applied throughout the bathroom to minimize leaks and ward off mold and mildew. Over time, caulk may become brittle and crack, and it needs to be replaced. Here is a look at signs that it is time to re-caulk.

Common Problem Areas

In bathrooms, the notorious problem areas for caulk damage are places that are often damp, including around the sinks, showerheads and bathtub faucets. Near the shower or bathtub area, you will usually notice issues with the seal between the tub and the wall. It is also common to see caulk damage along the floor where the floor tile meets the wall and along the top of the tub where it meets the tub surround.

Signs It Is Time to Re-Caulk Your Bathroom

It does not matter how high quality the material is or how skillfully you applied the application, there will come a time when caulking needs to be replaced. Here are key warning signs:

  • There are mildew stains beneath the surface of the caulk.
  • Caulk is older than five years old.
  • Caulk is dried out or cracked.
  • Caulk is peeling or missing.

It is best to remove the damaged caulk once any of these problems start to appear to prevent water leakage and mold growth.

How to Re-Caulk

  1. Remove the old caulk. Never apply new caulk on top of old or damaged caulk. Take off old caulk by scraping it with a razor blade, softening it with a particular caulk product or the combination of two. Clean the area after the old caulk is fully removed. If there are marks of mold or mildew, use a bleach solution to get rid of the marks, and then use an alcohol-soaked cloth to wipe off the area.
  2. Apply the new caulk. Use a quality caulking gun to apply new caulk. Latex is easier to apply and clean while silicone is harder to apply and remove. Be sure to wipe the tip of the tube after each application.
  3. Smooth the new caulk. Smooth out splotches of caulk here and there with a damp finger. Caulk sets quickly, so make sure to work swiftly and carefully. Use a razor blade to cut off smudges of caulk.

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