I get this question a lot so I thought I’d post about it. Quite often we find that the caulk around our kitchen countertops or bathroom showers has either changed color, cracked, shrunk, or has begun to collect mold under the seal! (Insert yuck face here). It just happens and it’s especially hard to avoid in the shower area because of the constant water and moisture! Don’t despair, this is a pretty easy fix and doesn’t require too much time or money. I’m going to show you how to re-caulk your kitchen and bathroom shower. First I must say, I am in no way a professional and I am not going to pretend to know it all. There might be other ways of doing this and that’s fine. I am just going to share with you what’s worked for me and how I’ve managed my own showers and kitchen counter seals for the past 20 years.
Let’s Get Started
Notice how the caulk pulled away from the seam between the countertop and the cabinet. This had to be repaired pronto before anything spilled between the two pieces and caused damage.
There isn’t much to this DIY project. You’ll need:
- A stiff scraper tool or sharp edged knife like an x-act0 or razor blade
- Glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol
- 100% silicone caulk- I chose to use clear caulk
- Caulk gun
First, Remove the Old Caulk
Using your stiff scraper or sharp blade completely remove the old caulk. This will allow you a fresh start and the new caulk will better adhere. Removal is the most time-consuming part of the entire project, but go slow and be thorough. A little bit of due diligence here certainly pays off.
Second, Clean Your Surface
Make sure to wipe away all the left over debris. Anything accidentally left behind might prevent a strong seal from forming. Using either a strong glass cleaner or just straight rubbing alcohol. Clean the surfaces completely and let it dry.
Third, Apply New Caulk
Using your gun and caulk run a generous bead of silicone along the seam of your two surfaces. Then, run your finger along the bead, pushing the fresh caulk further into the gap between the two surfaces. This process will also help smooth out the caulk bead and pick up any extra residue along the way. Let it dry for at least 24 hours before allowing water to hit this area (especially if you are re-caulking your shower).
Just like the kitchen above, the steps for the shower are the same. The shower (and bathroom area in general) is where you will probably find that your caulk is the worst. Over time the condition of your caulk just naturally deteriorates from excessive water and moisture. Eventually it separates from the surface, allowing for water to become trapped. This is when mildew and mold appear…and that means its time re-caulk before water damage occurs!
Okay, I am totally embarrassed here. But, I’m just putting it all out there for you to see. Take a look at how bad my caulk was. I’m shielding my eyes in shame right now. LOL. Ugh, the struggle is real! Make sure you remove all the old deteriorated caulk or this nightmare will quickly reappear!
Here it is with a fresh bead of caulk. I love the way it makes everything look new again! Hopefully this lasts me a few years before I have to get back at this DIY project. Nonetheless, it’s an easy one. Stay tuned for my next DIY- Organizing My Bathroom Closet. Boy, oh boy is this one going to be a doozy. It’s sure to take me more time than it did to re-caulk my kitchen and bathrooms. Hands are shielding my eyes in shame…again!