Every 3 to 5 years it becomes necessary to recaulk your shower. This simple process helps to protect your shower, tub and the walls and flooring that surround your shower.
Tools and Materials Needed
• Caulk Gun
• Silicone Caulk
• Knife or Razor
Step 1: Remove Existing Caulk
Before you can apply new caulk you must first remove the existing caulk from your shower. In most situations you can simply use a razor or knife to cut the edge of each caulk line and then pull it up from there. If the caulk is not coming off readily then use a caulk removing solution. This will soften the existing caulk up which will make the process of scraping it off easier.
Step 2: Clean the Shower
Clean the entire shower but pay special attention to the areas where caulk was previously installed. Use a bleach and water mix to clean the shower and the seams. This will help to remove any mold or mildew which has formed.
Step 3: Allow to Dry
The shower should be allowed to dry for around 24 to 36 hours. During this period the shower cannot be used at all. If possible you should also avoid using the bathroom.
Step 4: Tape The Shower
Use painters tape to tape around the seams of the shower. Try to stay around 1/8 inch of the seams of the shower.
Step 5: Prepare the Caulk Gun
Insert the silicone caulk front first into the caulk gun. Use a pair of scissors to cut the plastic end off of the caulk tube. A knife can be used as well but this should be done with extreme caution.
Step 6: Install the Caulk
Caulk around all of the seams of your shower. To do this, press down on the trigger of your caulk gun using a firm, steady pressure and move the caulk gun along the seam. Move at a pace which leaves a thin bead of caulk which fully covers the seam. Remember, you do not want too much caulk or too little. Too much caulk will be unattractive but too little will not provide enough protection. The right amount should cover the seam completely. As you are placing the caulk down you should smooth it out. This can be done using a wet finger. Using gloves for this is a good idea because it will help to prevent your hands from getting caulk directly on them.
Step 7: Cleaning Up
The caulk should be allowed to dry for 25 to 30 minutes. Following this you can remove the painter’s tape you put on the shower. Once this has been completed you should allow the caulk to dry completely for 24 to 48 hours before using the shower again. To ensure the caulk dries as rapidly as possible it is also recommended that you avoid using the bathroom completely if possible.