Recaulking a Shower
Recaulking a shower does not require much effort, and you will easily give it a brand new look. Due to the higher level of humidity in your bathroom, you have to air it frequently to prevent the growth of mold. Two or three years after you caulked your bathtub or shower, you may consider re-caulking it. You can easily do it yourself, making your bathroom a cozy space. The simple steps below will guide you through the process of shower recaulking.
Step 1 - Prepare the Shower and the Area Around
First, you have to remove the old caulking . Bear in mind that your efforts will be in vain if the old caulk is not removed in full. The easiest way to do that is to use a razor blade. Carefully cut from end to end. If there is any caulk left, remove it with bleach or another cleaner. If it is very stubborn and doesn’t come off, you may use commercial caulk remover. When you are done removing the old caulk and have cleaned the area, you have to air the bathroom for some time, letting the shower area dry well. Do that overnight for best results.
Step 2 - Prepare Materials for Recaulking
This is the easiest part. The only material that you need is one or two tubes of silicone caulk. Choose silicone that is suitable for humid areas such as bathrooms and swimming pools. Mind the color - you may choose transparent silicone or match it with the color of the bathroom’s tiles. The transparent silicone is preferred by some but with time, it will get stained and hard to clean. Colored silicone is more resistant to stains and will keep its fresh look for much longer.
Step 3 - Ready to Recaulk
Use gloves while re-caulking the shower. Be careful not to breathe or swallow the silicone, as it is poisonous. Cut the plastic tip of the silicone tube and start re-caulking. Try not to push the silicone tube too hard, as you may apply excessive amount. If you drop some silicone over the tiles or shower, wipe it quickly with a moist towel. If you let it stay for more than an hour, it will be very hard to clean.
Take your time while you work but keep in mind that silicone dries fast. Be careful not to apply too much silicone because it is hard to clean. Pay special attention to trims. They are hard to shape because of the edges. It is best to re-caulk the shower and leave the trims for the end. Let it dry well for an hour or two and then shape the trims carefully. Absorb excess silicone with fingers (use gloves) and then with a moist towel. It is best to work with gloves because silicone is very adhesive.