Have you tried to DIY caulking before? The first time is the hardest!
So is the second. And the twenty second.
Here are things I have learned on the way, and that directly benefit my clients:
I am not crazy about caulk dissolvers. They take hours and add to the cleanup time on a job. My goal for the client is a swift, painless one-visit service.
Use a heat gun or blow dryer to thoroughly dry the area after cleaning. If this step is skipped, you will trap in moisture. As a result, mold will grow back again behind the caulk, (which is why you wanted to re-caulk in the first place).
Never be confident that you’ve covered the area fully when you run a bead. It doesn’t hurt to go over a second time as micro holes will work as a vacuum to draw in water and trap in moisture and mold will grow back as mentioned before, yada yada yada…
Clean as you go. It makes a laborious process less overwhelming as it gets dirty quick.
Have a lot of wet rags in a bucket of water handy. It makes mistakes easier to fix and working clean means working efficiently!
Isopropyl alcohol is your best friend. It cleans off hand
s and accidents as well as speedy the drying time where you’ve removed and cleaned out the old caulk. (You did remove it and bleach the area, right?)
Take your time - no one wins first place, but has more to lose if in a hurry.
Hope you enjoyed this article. Thanks for reading!