One of the most important aspects of any bathroom is the caulking around the fixtures in the space. Because bathtubs, toilets and showers are used on a very frequent basis, the caulking around these places can often be cracked or come loose. This can be a major problem for your home, as the water that drains through can seep into any openings and damage the interior of the walls. To prevent this from happening, you need to make sure that all of the caulking is up to date as often as possible.
When you first begin, you should use a knife to remove all of the old caulking from whichever fixture you are repairing. This will leave you with enough room to add the new caulk without any of the worn out remnants getting in the way. After this step is completed, you will then need to clean the spot thoroughly with a very strong household cleaner. You don't want any mildew to form, so be sure to dry it off and let the area sit for a couple of hours after the caulk has been taken off.
To successfully apply the material as easily as possible, the caulking tube should be cut at an angle. This will allow you much easier access to the joints and tight spaces that you will be working with. Start with the smallest spot and work your way up, so the tube can be cut again and again as the bathroom fixtures need. Once you are done adding the caulk, let it dry for at least three to four hours. Once it is hardened in place, you can cut away any excess - and you're good to go!
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