November Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #7: Check and Repair Bathtub Caulk
Last, but not least, head into the bathroom to give a little attention to the caulk around the bathtub. When the caulk gets cracked or falls out, water can get behind the tub and cause water damage to your home’s framing, as well as mold growth.
Inspect the caulk around your tub. If it’s worn or cracked (or stained and unsightly), it’s time to replace it, here’s how.
How To Replace Bathtub Caulk
- Use a putty knife or chisel to scrape out and remove the existing caulk, being careful not to scratch your bathtub.
- Use diluted bleach in a spray bottle to kill any mold or mildew growing in or around the tub joint.
- Dry the crack completely with a hair dryer.
- Apply a bead of 100% silicone caulk to the joint between the tub and surround. Be sure not to overdo it, a narrow bead of caulk looks better than a wide one!
- Smooth out the caulk by misting caulk with denatured alcohol, or dipping your finger in mineral spirits, and running your finger along the caulk bead. For best results, smooth the entire bead with one stroke. Be sure to put on disposable gloves first!
For more information, check out our video on How To Caulk Around a Tub.