How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

Have you ever wondered how to recaulk your bathtub? We had our bathroom remodeled last year extensively including ripping out the floor all the way to the basement level. At that time, the bathtub was caulked when it was reinstalled. But, for whatever reason, it needs to be caulked again. The caulking that was used is drying out and separating from the surround above it. This post has been sponsored and product has been provided. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

How to Recaulk Your Bathtub

You caulk your bathtub to keep the water from damaging the wall and floor around the tub. You typically caulk between the tub and the bath surround. It’s not a difficult job so it’s something I would rather handle myself rather than pay someone else.

Basic Supplies

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Remove the Old Caulk

How much time this takes will depend on how long the old caulk has been on your tub. You may simply be able to use a putty knife to peel up the end and then pull the old caulk off in a bead. Or you may need to use denatured alcohol or caulk softener if it’s been on a long time. Since ours is fairly recent, getting it up wasn’t that much of a challenge.

How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

Wash Thoroughly

Wash the area where the caulk was well. Use a cleaning agent that will kill mold and mildew to be sure that the area is completely clean. You can use a bleach and water solution. Or, if you prefer, try a vinegar, tea tree oil, and water solution. Rinse the area well and allow it to dry completely.

How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

Apply New Caulk

Once the area is completely dry, you will need to apply DAP Kwik Seal Ultra Sealant. Trim the edge of the caulk tube and use a long nail to puncture the foil seal. Use the caulking gun to activate the caulk, following the instructions on the tube of caulk. Move the caulk gun slowly squeezing a bead of caulk out as you move. Work slowly to ensure even distribution. You may need to go over areas more than once. A caulk tool kit will be very handy.

How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

Clean and Smooth

Using your wet fingertip, smooth the bead of caulk carefully and remove any excess. This will force the caulk in between the lines of the tub and the surround which will help seal the area. Allow it to dry completely according to the directions on the caulk tube. Do not use the shower until it is completely dry.

How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

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How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

 

There are a lot of simple DIY upkeep projects that need to be done around the house. Now that you know how to recaulk your bathtub, will you try?

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Paint the Front Door

Simply clean the current door, protect edges with painter’s tape, and add a few fresh coats of exterior paint.

Keep Drafts at Bay

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How to Recaulk Your Bathtub So It Really Lasts

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