How To Remove Caulk by Howcast

In this Howcast video “How to Remove Caulk” you will learn in just a few minutes how to remove caulk from your kitchen or bathroom.  As suggested in this video, here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Caulk Remover such as 3M Caulk Remover or McKanica Silicone Caulk Remover Gel
  • Utility Knife or Razor Blade for cutting caulk
  • Needle-nose Pliers, helpful for pulling strings of caulk
  • 5 in 1 tool for scraping and removing caulk
  • Bleach for sanitizing
  • Sponge
  • Rag
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (great for removing acrylic caulk)
  • Gloves to protect your skin

Step #1:  Apply caulk remover to soften the existing caulk

Step #2:  Slice into caulk with utility knife or razor blade

Step #3:  Pull off the remaining caulk with needle-nose plier

Step #4:  Remove any remaining pieces of caulk by scraping with the 5 in 1 tool

Step #5:  Clean the area with a solution of 1/3 cup bleach to gallon of water

Step #6:  Rinse the area thoroughly

Step #7:  Wipe the area with a clean rag and let it dry

Watch the video here on How to Remove Caulk:


Allway Tools CT31 3 In 1 Caulk Tool Review

When removing caulk, sometimes it really helps to have a caulk remover tool like Allway Tools CT31 3 In 1 Caulk Tool.  In this review, we’ll show you the quick benefits of their 3 in 1 caulk tool.

Allway Tools did a nice job designing this tool, by putting a stainless steel caulk remover and scraper on one end of the tool and a rubber caulk smoother on the other end.  At 9.5″ in length and a soft grip coating, there is plenty of room for larger hands to get a firm grip while scraping and removing caulk.  The triangular edge is fairly sharp and can be used to push or pull to remove caulk.  Be careful with your tile, however, as you could scratch your tile or tub if not being careful.  This tool is on the larger side, so while it is perfect for bath and tile, you might have a little trouble getting between a door jam or other tight spots like you might have on a small window.  Users also report that it might not last too long while removing caulk on rough surfaces like brick, but at $7 one could hardly expect this tool to hold up to that kind of abuse.  For most jobs, users say this caulk removing tool does a fabulous job and eliminates much of the work and is certainly less likely to scratch tile than using a regular knife or a screwdriver blade.  So if you were looking at that project and wondering how to remove caulk the easiest way, combined with a caulk remover gel or spray the Allway Caulk Tool might do the job.

When applying fresh caulk, this tool shines.  If you were wondering how to smooth caulk and get a professional quality bead of caulk applied without getting your fingers all messy, the Allway 3 in 1 Caulk Tool will do the job nicely.  This tool is designed with a rubber caulk smoother on one end that will leave a nice rounded bead of caulk in the groove, and also helps to force and spread caulking into the joint just like your finger would (without the mess).  Many reviews suggest that this tool is worth buying just for applying the caulk and getting fabulous results.  Again, at an average price of $7, it makes sense why so many reviewers say they wouldn’t consider doing another caulking job without this tool.

How To Remove Silicone Caulk Sealant by Ultimate Handyman

If you are wondering how to remove silicone caulk sealant from your tub or shower, this video will help you learn how.  With the help of chemical silicone caulk removers and sealant removers, this job is much easier than the old way of endless scraping and picking of hardened caulk from the grooves and channels of grout.  Silicone caulk remover products such as Motsenbocker’s Lift Off or McKanica Silicone Caulk Remover Gel can help you accomplish your task much easier with little to no work.  Just apply the caulk remover over the caulk you wish to remove, wait 20-30 minutes, and then simply peel the caulk away effortlessly.  For tougher or hardened caulk, consider an caulk remover tool such as the Allways Caulk Tool. For more information, check out the best silicone caulk removers listed on our site.

How To Remove Caulk

We’ll show you in just a few easy steps how to remove caulk so you can prepare your project for fresh new caulk. Caulk can sometimes be difficult to remove, especially modern silicone caulk products that are simply designed to not come off.

#1) If the caulk on your project is shrunken and loose and easy to pull off, buy all means go ahead and remove the loose caulking by hand. Usually, however, it just isn’t that easy.
#2) The most important step in removing caulk easily is to apply a caulk remover product such as McKanica Silicone Caulk Remover Gel or 3M Caulk Remover.  These products are designed to soften and/or desolve silicone and other adhesives and caulk so that they can be removed.
#3)  Cut the softened caulk by using a sharp utility knife, or use a caulk remover tool.  In many cases most of the caulk will now come out easily.  If there happens to be several layers of caulking or if the caulk is very thick or a strong silicone caulk, you might need to use other tools to scrape and remove the caulk.
#4)  The last step is to clean your project surface and remove any residue or mildew.   Using one of the above-mentioned caulk removing products should help remove any silicone or adhesive residue.  Use an ammonia-free bathroom cleaner to remove soap scum.  Never use an ammoniated household cleaner before applying bleach!  When ammonia and bleach are mixed together, they give off poisonous fumes.  After soap scum is gone, use a bleach and water mixture several times, working into the gaps to ensure that all mold is killed.  Then simply dry the surface with a clean rag.
#5)  Your project is ready for new caulk!  There are wide variety of excellent caulking products available.  For bathtubs, a silicone caulk which contains fungicide is ideal, such as Dap 18526 Kwik Seal Plus Kitchen and Bath All-Purpose Adhesive Caulk.  You’ll find a variety of silicone caulking products at

Dap Caulk-Be-Gone Caulk Remover

Dap is one of the largest manufacturers of silicone caulk, so it should be no surpise that their Dap Caulk-Be-Gone Caulk Remover does a pretty good job of removing caulk.  Dap specially formulated this gel to soften many types of caulks and sealants for easy removal, including silicone caulk, latex caulk, rubber caulk, and many other sealants and adhesives.   Their fast-acting formula starts working in as short as just two hours.

  • Specially formulated caulk remover gel softens latex caulk for easy removal
  • Safe to use caulk remover for indoor and outdoor applications
  • Fast-acting formula, works in as little as two hours to remove many types of caulk
  • Fresh scent
  • Will not harm most surfaces

McKanica Silicone Caulk Remover Gel

McKanica Silicone Caulk Remover Gel 0351 is one of the most talked about and best silicone caulk removers on the market. Available in two sizes, either the McKanica Silicone Caulk Remover 8 oz Cartridge
or the smaller Mckanica Caulk Remover 3 ounce tube. McKanica’s top selling silicone caulk remover gel will break down 100% of silicone caulk for easy removal. It will also remove even industrial silicone fillers and adhesives with ease. You can easily clean it up with soap and water, so no need for harsh chemicals. This low odor, no residue silicone remover is ideal for removing caulking around tubs, showers, ceramic tiles, fiberglass, and most plastic. While this remover is designed for 100% silicone, it may soften non-silicone caulks as well, including many adhesives, fillers, plastics, and rubber caulking products.

3M Caulk Remover

3M Caulk Remover works on just about any type of caulking for easy removal without effort.  3M Caulk Remover also cleans and prepares surface for new caulk.  In typical 3M best quality, their caulk remover product effectively penetrates, dissolves and softens all types of silicone and latex caulking for easy removal, then cleans up just as easily with just soap and water. The new convenient flip-top squeeze bottle makes applying it quick and easy.  Whether you are looking for a latex caulk remover, silicone caulk remover, or how to remove construction adhesive, 3M Caulk Remover does it all.

  • Squeezable flip top bottle makes remover application easy
  • Removes any type of caulking – silicone, latex, construction and more
  • Softens caulking for easy removal
  • Prepares your surface for applying new caulk
  • Easy soap and water cleanup

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful

By Deborah K. Anderson on April 22, 2009

Verified Purchase

I had 20 year old latex caulk on a fiberglass tub/shower unit which remained after removing the shower doors; it was like concrete! This stuff worked lik a charm, but I had to leave it on for at least 24-36 hours (covered with plastic wrap) before I could scrape it off with a plastic scraper. And there was no damage to the fiberglass. I highly recommend it.

Goof Off Foam and Caulk Remover

Goof Off Foam and Caulk Remover works great the very first time to remove both silicone and latex caulk products.  Goof Off removes expansion foam and much more. Great for adhesive cleanup after new construction projects or for softening caulks around your vanities, tubs, showers and sinks for extremely easy caulking removal.  The newer thickened formula will stick to vertical surfaces which helps provide extra cleaning power.   Goof Off can be applied directly to silicone caulk, there is no need to cut it first.   Featuring an easy-dispense turret top for precise, simple application, this best-of-class adhesive remover works indoors and out.

NOTE: Every surface is different.  It is recommended to always test your surface for color fastness on an inconspicuous area before you begin using.  Do not use Goof Off on silk, leather, suede or acrylic.

  • Great for cleanup after new construction
  • Sticks to vertical surfaces for extra cleaning power
  • Can be applied directly to caulk, no need to cut first
  • Has an easy-dispense turret top for precise, simple application
  • Works indoors and out

By Miles V. Gibson on January 31, 2015

Verified Purchase

Did a great job removing glue and sealant from a fiberglass inset tub after I removed a grungy sliding glass door enclosure. The product doesn’t recommend use on fiberglass, but I didn’t have any problems (although I was concerned at first). I tested it on a small spot and was so pleased I used it despite the warning and had terrific results. The bath tub looks wonderful and no more nasty sliding door!!

Motsenbocker’s Lift Off 411 Silicone Latex Caulk and Foam Sealant Remover

Motsenbocker has been making one of the best silicone latex caulk removers on the market for nearly forever.   The first thing you’ll notice, or should we say you WON’T notice is the smell – it has no sharp chemical smell like most other products.  Much better for the environment, Motsenbocker’s silicone remover is safer on skin than other brands.

  • Motsenbocker removes latex-based foams and polyurethane foams, polyurethane glues, silicones and silicone caulking, latex caulks, many construction adhesives, most wet and dry sealants and much more
  • Use Motsenbocker’s adhesive remover safely on tile, porcelain, stainless steel and most other metals, marble, fiberglass, granite, Formica, carpet, fabric, vinyl flooring, metal, glass, stonework and more
  • Low-VOC and water-based.  Safe for the environment and the user
  • “Truly green” way before green was cool!