Caulk that has been aged will turn brown and brittle and crack around the edges. Cracking caulk can lead to water seepage, which can cause wallboard and framing to become mushy and allow mildew colonies to grow. It is crucial to fix any signs of caulking that have begun to deteriorate as soon as you notice them.
Caulking around your tub can be done by anyone, even novice homeowners. Caulk costs little and is easy to apply. The process takes a few hours, and homeowners will need the tools and materials available at their local hardware store. You can get more information on bathroom caulking through this website.
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First, you need to select the right caulk. Caulk to be used around the tub should be labeled for "Kitchen and Bath", as it contains silicone or latex compounds that have been chemically engineered for resistance to mildew and stick to nonporous surfaces. It is important to be aware of the differences between silicone and acrylic latex.
You can remove the old caulking using quick, sharp strokes. A painter's knife and a razor scraper are good options. If your tub is made from plastic, working with metal blades could cause damage. You should remember that metal blades can cause damage to plastic tubs.
Next, scrub the surface with a non-abrasive pad or soft to remove any remaining caulk residue. To remove any remaining caulk residue, you can use a soft or non-abrasive sponge. Next, wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any dust that may have collected from the caulk removal. Begin the re-caulking process with two strips of blue painter’s tape laid parallel.