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Home Improvement  /  August 16, 2018

How to Properly Apply New Caulk

Although applying new caulk in your bathtub or kitchen might seem like a simple enough task, it’s also fairly easy to make a mistake. The end result: an improperly caulked tub or sink that looks messy. There’s actually a bit of strategy to caulking and today, Handyman Connection® of Butler Warren shares how to do it in this post.

The Things You Need

Before you start, secure a few materials and tools. The caulk and caulking gun are essential, along with your handy retractable razor and some painters tape. Finally, prepare some rubbing alcohol and a couple of rags; you’ll need them if you’re using silicone caulk.

Next, you’ll want to determine what kind of caulk you’ll actually use. You have three choices: silicone, latex and butyl rubber. Vinyl latex caulk is the best choice for dry areas in kitchens and baths. Silicone, on the other hand, is best for damp places. As for butyl rubber, this is what you want if you’re caulking tiles outside.

Remove and Clean

Start by removing the old caulk using your retractable razor. Scrape the surface carefully and evenly, ensuring no debris is left behind. Before you actually apply the caulk, we recommend placing a strip of blue painters tape where you want the caulk to stop, such as the edges. This is to help you avoid overfilling the caulk lines.

Applying the Caulk

When you apply the caulk, do it at a 45-degree angle. Squeeze enough of the caulk to fill the entire joint, and work at it at a slow and consistent pace. This makes applying the caulk easier and reduces mess.

Smoothing the Joint

Once you’re done applying the caulk, all you need to do is smooth out the joint. Since you’ve already secured the edges with the tape, it won’t spill or smear so you can smooth the caulk out without fear of dirtying out the tiles. 

Once that’s done, you just have to remove the tape. Pull away from the joint and not towards it; otherwise, you might take the entire caulk with it.

Handyman Connection® of Butler Warren can help you with more difficult caulking projects. Call us today at (513) 282-3032 to learn more about our services, or fill out our online form to request a free estimate.

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