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The Best Tool to Remove Old Caulk
Do you need to remove old caulk from your kitchen or bath?
I’m working on my apartment bathroom makeover again and getting the vanity backsplash area ready for the peel and stick tile I’ve ordered.
I’ve really missed doing projects and ever since I started the bathroom makeover on my mom’s place, I realized I never fully completed my own apartment bathroom makeover! So, I’m committed to finish my own now.
Even though this is only bathroom caulk, I’m incredibly excited for this project (weird huh?) because I know it’s just the first step to a prettier bathroom.
I hope this inspires you to work on your own. Leave me a comment below on your project too!
So, before I place the tile, I have to prep the area and that means removing the old silicone caulk that’s been there since I moved in several years ago!
I wasn’t looking forward to doing this part. Let’s be honest, it’s not as sexy or fun as laying the tile. 😛
But, it needs to be done as you’ll see below from pictures.
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Remove Old Caulk from the Bathroom and Kitchen Areas
One of the things about old caulk is that if it looks like mine, it’s starting to crack. This one was poorly installed (there were smudges of caulk on the backsplash that extended to the very edge!) and it just looked really sloppy and obvious.
Caulk is kind of hard to remove because it’s meant to form a water resistant seal, but with some help and a bit of elbow grease, you can take it off!
This is how it originally looked on my bathroom vanity, notice the cracked areas!
I didn’t want that to ruin my final look I envisioned (laying some new peel and stick tile soon), so off it went.
Why Do You Need to Remove Old Caulk?
- Remove the old caulk in order to freshen up the seam and keep the area waterproof
- It will look cleaner and neater, give a much nicer presentation
- If you are doing a bathroom renovation and installing new tile, it will look better and not stick out with your new look
I had to remove mine because it was cracking and in addition to that, the work was very sloppy. It was all over the place and far from the seam of the my bathroom vanity!
Plus, I wanted to do it right and having the nice tile wall with shoddy caulk that was not even straight would have really bothered me. I’m a bit of a nut about things that are clearly visible, so I really wanted to do it right.
What You Need: Caulk Remover Tool & Goo Spray
This made the job of removing the caulk on my vanity so much easier.
If this is something you plan on doing, then you’ll want these tools to help out.
How Do You Remove Caulk?
You can try to remove it yourself but that might take a long while and this way was a big time saver and so easy. The method I used was the caulk tool.
Here’s how I did it:
Spray the seam where the silicone is with the goo remover. Let it sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes. I actually let mine sit overnight because I was doing other things.
The goo remover has a very greasy feel so be ready for your hands to get dirty.
Once the time has past, start your scraping!
I used the pointed metal edge and just pulled back to remove it in sections. It pulled right off! The goo remover was incredibly helpful and it doesn’t just remove silicone!
I dropped some hot wax on the vanity a few months ago and couldn’t get it off. It came right off with the spray and flat end of the scraper.
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Removing Old Caulk
The caulk remover tool and the Goo Gone made this job so much easier. In total, it probably took about an hour (max), including clean up.
The Goo Gone is helpful to remove other sticky, waxy tough to remove things from your hard surfaces as well! Goodbye stick things forever.
So are you ready to remove your old caulk?
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