Monday, November 4, 2013
Recaulking Our Master Bath Shower…
I decided to give re-caulking the shower a try. I knew it couldn't get any worse that what it was.
First, I got to work with my scraper and scraped off and cut off as much caulking as I could.
Here are the rest of the supplies I used to complete the recaulking…
Next, I used the silicone remover gel. I just needed to brush it on with the attached little brush and wait.
Then I used paper towel and my scraper to remove more silicone caulking. I had to repeat this process a couple of times in areas, depending how much caulking had to be removed.
Next, I got to work on killing the mold and mildew. I used an old paint brush and brushed on the bleach, being very careful not to spill or splash any. Make sure to wear protective glasses and gloves, and old clothes. I brushed the bleach onto any surface that had mold or potential for mold to grow.
After leaving the bleach sit for about an hour, I rinsed it well with water using a rag. To get off any soap scum and hard water build up, I sprayed and washed the whole shower with vinegar and rinsed well.
I let the shower dry fully for 2 days before I could finally begin caulking. I used painter’s tape to mark off where I wanted to caulk. I also wore gloves because caulking is hard to get off skin.
I cut the caulking tube on an angle and squeezed the silicone into the areas to caulk. I find the squeezable tubes easier to control compared to the tubes that require a caulking gun.
Be sure to use caulking formulated for a bath or shower. After applying the caulking, I spread it with my caulking applicator tool. So much easier than using your finger and less messy too. I find it easier to remove the tape when the caulking is still wet.
Such a huge difference!