31 Aug Best Caulking For Bathroom Areas
When you consider caulking a bathroom, you have many variables to think about – caulking the shower, bathtub, bath, baseboards, shower tiles, under toilet, faucets and more are just some variables. Here are some best caulking tips for caulking bathroom areas.
- Choose the Best Caulk
When you visit the average home improvement store, you’ll see various types of caulk for sale. Choose a caulk that has “for bathroom use” or similar on the label which means it’s waterproof and is a formula made specifically for keeping your project safe from things like:
For your bathroom, a caulk that uses latex or silicone is best. Silicone formulas offer a strong moisture seal, but latex does seem to be simpler to work with. A couple of good types of caulk are DAP Kwik Seal Plus and GE Advanced Silicone caulk – both available through Amazon. You can combine both these types to create a strong siliconized latex seal as well as easy workability.
- Choose a Quality Caulk Gun
If you try using a caulk tube without a caulk gun, it makes for a tedious and long process that you could easily avoid by using a quality caulk gun. Caulk guns allow you to manage the caulk flow easily and leads to better-looking results. A quality caulk gun should come with a durable plunger to help you push the caulk out from the tube as well as a thumb pressure release that stops the caulk flow quickly from coming out of the gun.
- Create a Clean Surface
Before starting your caulking job, ensure the surface is clean. To ensure a good seal, remove any existing caulk. To clean the surface:
- Use a razor blade, utility knife, scraper or putty knife to cut old caulk out
- Get rid of all dirt, dust, paint, debris and dirt. If you remove silicone caulk, ensure you completely remove all residue
- Wipe the joint surface with a rag and an over-the-counter disinfecting spray or rubbing alcohol
- Rinse the surface completely with water and dry it off
- Tape the Area
Tape along the surface before you caulk to produce an attractive finish. Mask off around joint areas with painter’s tape where the caulk shouldn’t appear. This will provide you with a straight caulk line and will enhance the final appearance.
- Cut the Nozzle
Many squeeze tubes come with a seal underneath the nozzle cap. You’ll have to puncture it or remove it before use. The tube will have instructions on it.
- Use the Proper Technique to Apply the Caulk
It doesn’t require a great deal of pressure or strength to caulk a bathroom. After you ensure the painter’s tape is applied around the surface neatly, squeeze the caulking gun gently to begin the flow of caulk. While maintaining pressure on the handle, keep the caulk at the tip of the tube and line it up with the crevice you’re caulking. Once you are happy with the beginning point, start applying more pressure to allow the caulk to flow from the tube. Maintain uniform pressure and move the caulk gun along the crevice to apply an even bead that’s around the width of a pencil.
This is just a basic caulking method, but you can find other methods by doing a search online. You’ll also find basic instructions on the caulk tube.