Silicone caulk is a gel-like, sticky substance that is capable of bonding well with many different types of materials, including glass, ceramic, wood, and metal. It is used to seal many different plumbing fixtures, such as bathtubs, showers, and kitchen sinks to prevent the penetration of water. Also, it is used to seal tiny gaps around windows and doors.
When applied to a surface, it can last for so many years. However, it can only last for so long before its sealing ability wears out. When that happens, you need to take the caulk out and reapply it. Not doing so allows mould and mildew to grow on it.
Below are the steps you need to follow when you need to remove silicone caulk. No need for a plumber to help you out with this task.
Removing Silicone Caulk: The Process
1. Remove any debris and dirt from the caulk surface and the areas surrounding it. Use regular bathroom cleaners to remove caulk from the shower. When removing caulk from other areas, however, use cleaning products. Use a brush or rag to clean the area thoroughly.
2. Next, apply caulk remover to the caulk that needs to be removed. Caulk remover softens caulk a little to make its removal much easier for you. The remover should be left on for fifteen to twenty (15-20) minutes, and when applying it, follow the instructions on the label.
3. Get a utility knife and use it in cutting the caulk along its sides. Ensure of taking a new blade for the job. Have the knife positioned at low angle before moving it through the caulk. If caulk needs to be removed from a brick wall, the knife needs to be placed between the caulking and wall so the adjacent wall section does not end up damaged. Divide big caulked areas by sections, and work on one portion at a time.
4. After having done the above, clearing up silicone caulk chunks is the next thing to do. If the caulk layer you worked on is thin, you can proceed to the next step since they will just fall with little effort. However, if you were working on a thicker caulk layer, you need to pull out stubborn bits with a pair of pliers. Any residue should be removed using the right removal tools and warm water, and for best results, move the tool in a single direction.
5. Lastly, clean the area you worked on. Rub a mixture of three parts water and one part bleach to the area with the aid of a toothbrush. Next, get an abrasive pad soaked in alcohol and rub it to the area worked on to clear up all traces of caulking. Then let it dry, and once it is dried, clean the area. Never let any old caulk remain on the surface.