How to Remove Caulk from a Bathtub How to Remove Caulk from a Bathtub

Removing caulk can be a time-consuming, messy job. Allow yourself at least half of a day for the project and wear clothes you feel comfortable cleaning in.
Step 1:
Clean the bathtub thoroughly to get rid of existing soap scum and mold. When there is existing build up on tub, it can make it that much more difficult to get at the caulk you're trying to remove. Let the bathtub dry completely before you move on to step 2.
Step 2:
Find an edge of the caulk that is already peeling. Wedge putty knife underneath loose caulking and begin to pull the caulk away, sliding the tool under the edge of the line of caulk and peeling it off the bathtub. Take special care not to scratch the tub fixture when handling more stubborn pieces of caulk. 
Step 3:
Use a single-edge razor blade tool, like those used for painting, to slice caulk out of smaller spaces. Often there will be caulk in between the tiles on a bathroom wall that needs to be removed as well. These small spaces are much easier to reach with a smaller tool such as the razor blade.
Step 4:
Remove stubborn pieces of caulk from deep crevices with a pair of pliers and clean the remaining caulk away using a bristled scrub brush or hard toothbrush.
Step 5:
Rinse away excess caulk with warm water.

Removing bathtub caulk can be a time-consuming, messy job. Allow yourself at least a half of a day for the project and wear clothes that you feel comfortable cleaning in.

Clean the bathtub thoroughly to get rid of existing soap scum and mold and let the bathtub dry completely. Then, find an edge of the caulk that is already peeling and wedge a putty knife underneath it to remove the caulk. Take special care not to scratch the tub fixture when handling more stubborn pieces of caulk. 

Use a single-edge razor blade tool, like those used for painting, to slice caulk out of smaller spaces. Remove stubborn pieces of caulk from deep crevices with a pair of pliers and clean the remaining caulk away using a bristled scrub brush or hard toothbrush.

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