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

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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 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 www.siliconecaulking.com.