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Video:Caulking your Bathtub

with Ami Young

Replace that old, moldy or cracked caulking or grout around the edges of your bath tub with some basic materials and a few simple steps.See Transcript

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Transcript:Caulking your Bathtub

Hi! I'm Ami Young for About.com Home.

When to Repair Bath Caulking

Over time, your bath tub's original caulking can start to be cracked or over-ridden with mold that just won't go away. And in some cases, you may just be better off replacing that old caulking around the bath tub. So today, I'm going to show you how to replace that moldy or cracked caulking around the edges of your bathtub.

Caulking Materials

For this project, you're going to need:
  • A tube of caulking (which you can pick up at any home improvement or hardware store)
  • A multi-purpose utility tool
  • And a couple of clean, damp work rags

Remove Old Caulking

First, we need to remove the old caulking and get a nice clean area to lay down the new caulking. To do this, I'm just going to take my multi-purpose utility tool and use the pointy edge to get in there and start scraping out the old caulking.

Once I've removed the old caulking from around the edges of the tub, I'm going to go over the edges real quick with one of my clean, lightly-dampened work rags to clean off any leftover caulking that may be left around on the tub.

Applying New Caulking

Now, once I let that dry off a bit, it's time to apply a new layer of caulking around the edge of the tub. To do this, take your can of caulk, point the spout into the crack, and apply a consistent, continuous stream of caulk around each edge.

Once you're done, use a damp cloth to wipe off any excess. Allow the caulk to dry for approximately 24 hours before exposing it to water.

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