How To: Remove caulk

Remove caulk

If you're doing some spring cleaning and decide to throw in a little home improvement in as well you may want to remove old caulk. As we all know, old caulk is unattractive and will make areas look dirty or unfinished.

Do you have old, moldy, cracked caulk in your kitchen or bathroom? Here's how you can remove it in just a few easy steps.

You Will Need

* A caulk remover
* A utility knife or razor blade
* Needle-nose pliers
* A 5-in-1 tool
* Bleach
* A sponge
* Rag
* Isopropyl alcohol (optional)
* Gloves (optional)

Step 1: Apply caulk remover

Apply caulk remover to soften the existing caulk.

Use isopropyl alcohol to soften water-based acrylic caulk. It's flammable so be careful.

Step 2: Cut caulk

Slice into the caulk with the utility knife or razor blade.

Wear gloves to protect your hands.

Step 3: Pull off caulk

Pull off the remaining caulk with the needle-nose pliers.

Step 4: Scrape

Work slowly and carefully to scrape off any remaining caulk with the 5-in-1 tool.

Step 5: Clean surface

Clean the area with a solution of ? cup bleach per gallon of water to remove any mold or mildew on the surface. Scrub away any soap residue.

Step 6: Rinse

Rinse the area thoroughly.

Step 7: Dry

Wipe the area with a clean rag and let it air dry.

Did you know? An abundance of airborne mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, and lead to infections.

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