How to Caulk a Bathtub

Has your bathroom caulking seen better days?  It stands to reason that constant use and tons of moisture will cause caulk to break down and lose its effectiveness.  Fortunately this is a project you can do on your own with some basic material:

  • 100% silicone caulking
  • Caulk gun
  • Utility knife
  • Blue painters tape
  • Safety glasses

Check out the video and see how to tackle this DIY project.

Why is silicone caulk recommended for bathroom applications you may ask?  With all the moisture that builds up in a bathroom on a daily basis, it’s important to consider how to deal with mold and mildew.  Silicone caulk is mold and mildew resistant which makes it a great sealant, especially for bathtubs and areas that are more frequently exposed to moisture.  Plus, silicone is flexible so it adapts to the expansion and contraction that happens in surfaces surrounding it.

Here’s a step-by-step process for caulking a bathtub:

  • Using a utility knife, remove the old caulking, both on the top and bottom of the bead
  • Allow the area to dry properly before caulking
  • Using the painters tape, create a channel within which to apply the new caulk
  • Apply a bead of caulk with the caulk gun
  • Use your finger to smooth out the caulk after application
  • Carefully peel the painters tape off the surface
  • Finish it off with one more pass using your finger
  • Allow it to dry for 24 hours

Has your bathroom caulking seen better days?  It stands to reason that constant use and tons of moisture will cause caulk to break down and lose its effectiveness.  Fortunately this is a project you can do on your own with some basic material:

  • 100% silicone caulking
  • Caulk gun
  • Utility knife
  • Blue painters tape
  • Safety glasses

Check out the video and see how to tackle this DIY project.

Why is silicone caulk recommended for bathroom applications you may ask?  With all the moisture that builds up in a bathroom on a daily basis, it’s important to consider how to deal with mold and mildew.  Silicone caulk is mold and mildew resistant which makes it a great sealant, especially for bathtubs and areas that are more frequently exposed to moisture.  Plus, silicone is flexible so it adapts to the expansion and contraction that happens in surfaces surrounding it.

Here’s a step-by-step process for caulking a bathtub:

  • Using a utility knife, remove the old caulking, both on the top and bottom of the bead
  • Allow the area to dry properly before caulking
  • Using the painters tape, create a channel within which to apply the new caulk
  • Apply a bead of caulk with the caulk gun
  • Use your finger to smooth out the caulk after application
  • Carefully peel the painters tape off the surface
  • Finish it off with one more pass using your finger
  • Allow it to dry for 24 hours