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How to Remove Caulk and Replace It

July 31, 2017

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Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.
So…. this is kind of embarrassing. You see, we consider ourselves to be clean and tidy people, but the fact is if you looked closely around the edges of our under-mount sinks, you might gag a little. Because our caulk was a moldy, disgusting mess. So, we decided to give it a refresh, which meant we first had to remove the caulk and then replace it. And today I'm going to teach you how to remove caulk. It's actually MUCH easier than I expected. It's all about the tool!

Before I jump into the tutorial, let me show you a couple of “before” photos of the two kitchens in our sink (we have a main sink and a small prep sink in our island–I'm sad to say that both had gross caulk).

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

Now do you see why I'm embarrassed to broadcast those gross photos all over the internet?! But it's necessary because I know we can't be the only ones with this issue. Now, read on to learn how to remove caulk and refresh it yourself.

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How to Remove Caulk and Replace It

Materials needed:

Steps to remove caulk:

1) Use your caulk removal tool to scrape the caulk out of the joint. We place drain stoppers and paper towels in the bottom of our sinks so that the old caulk didn't go down the drains.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

2) Scrub away any bits of caulk that remain in the joint.

3) Clean the surface of the joint with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

4) Clean the surface with a diluted bleach mixture to kill any mildew or mold.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

And before we move on, just take a look at the GROSSNESS (that's a word, right?!) that I removed from our sinks!

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

Steps to replace caulk:

5) The most important step is to allow the joint that you will be caulking to completely air dry before applying your new caulk. Once it is dry, use a caulk gun to apply your DAP Kwik Seal Ultra in an even bead around the entire joint you are working on. My favorite thing about the DAP Kwik Seal Ultra is that it goes on white and dries clear, so you can easily see it as you apply it.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

6) Wait the recommended amount of drying time before exposing the joint to moisture. DAP Kwik Seal Ultra is water ready in only 4 hours. It also repels dirt and soap scum, resists stains and has a lifetime mold and mildew resistance guarantee.

Ever wondered how to remove caulk and replace it? It's EASY! Learn how to replace any nasty caulk in your kitchen or bathroom with this step-by-step caulking tutorial.

It takes a few days for the caulk to turn completely clear. It looks SO much better and I definitely feel like we have a better seal now as well. The old caulk was cracking a bit, which is a sign that you need to replace it (whether it's moldy or not).

So there you have it! Now you know how to remove caulk AND how to replace it!

 


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  1. Jill Catrinel says:

    The caulk in my shower was looking the same nasty way! This article was very helpful, b/c I lost most the caulk trying to scrub off the mold. Oops! I’ve just been nervous about re-doing it myself in a rental, but reading this removes much of that intimidation.

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