How to Remove and Replace Bathtub Caulk

You know, nothing makes an otherwise attractive bathroom more unattractive than an ugly line of caulk right here at the top of the tub.  Well, there’s an easy way to fix it.

Start by putting a fresh blade in a utility knife and then cut out the old caulk.  You’ll want to make two cuts -- the first with the knife blade lying almost flat on the edge of the tub, the second with it tipped up at about a 45 degree angle.  This way most of the old caulk will come out in one piece.For any caulk remaining on the tub or the tile, take a razor blade and simply scrape it off.  To get rid of any remaining mildew, add the equivalent of 6 ounces of bleach to a gallon of water, mix it up a little bit, and then take a tooth brush and give the joint here a good scrubbing.  Choose a sealant that’s designed specifically for kitchens and baths. 

Now, putting the sealant in couldn’t be simpler.  Just gently squeeze the handle and keep consistent pressure, and don’t put a bead down there any larger than you absolutely have to.  Now, to give yourself a nice, smooth bead, take a little bit of dishwashing detergent, put it in some warm water, dip your finger in that soapy water and just draw it right along that freshly put down sealant. 

Now, that’s just as attractive as the rest of your bathroom.