How to Improve the Look of Your Shower

8 Materials
$20
3 Days
Easy

If you want to make a big impact in the look of your shower or bathtub, refreshing the caulk is the project for you! Hard water spots? We cover this as well!


Caulk is the white stuff, or at least it starts out white, that is put between surfaces to keep out water. You'll most likely find it wherever two different materials touch each other like the tub and the tile.


This caulk is very susceptible to mold and mildew, and eventually discolors to the point where it can no longer be cleaned and does degrade over time. If you experience any of these issues, it's time to re-caulk!


The caulk in Steph's shower is probably 25 years old--it was time for a refresh! Take a look at how we tackled this DIY friendly project.

A picture is worth a 1,000 words, AND a video is even better. Take a look to see the process in action!

how to improve the look of your shower

Here's an example of where we are starting in the shower. The caulk is worn, dirty, and in some places, missing! At the end of the video, we talk about that damage on the aluminum and how it probably happened.

how to improve the look of your shower

The first step is also the most time consuming and tedious. You have to remove ALL the old caulk. We used a variety of tools including this very handy plastic razor blade. We've had this inexpensive tool a few months and find ourselves reaching for it to use in many of our projects. We keep one in the kitchen junk drawer and one in the garage.

how to improve the look of your shower

We also used this black stick to get into these flat areas. Much better than a metal tool that could scratch the aluminum.

how to improve the look of your shower

This is the standard caulk removal tool that worked well on the corners. Steph took a few days to work on the caulk removal as it was slow work.


You can access a full list of the materials we used on our blog page by clicking here.

how to improve the look of your shower

Once all the caulk was removed, we throughly cleaned the area. This little power scrubber helped make short work of that process. Before you re-caulk make sure the area is DRY.

how to improve the look of your shower

For the hard water spots on the glass and aluminum, Steph found this product that works on both materials. It's eco-friendly and non-toxic! It worked a bit on the shower at Steph's house, but because there had been deferred maintenance in this shower, the water spotting seems to be permanently etched into the glass.

how to improve the look of your shower

We headed to my house to get better photos of the product in action. This is an example of what the glass looks like in my shower.

how to improve the look of your shower

To use the Quick-Glo, you simply put a little on a microfiber cloth and clean in a circular motion. As the product disappears, so do the water spots on the chrome and glass!

how to improve the look of your shower

Here's another example....BEFORE...

how to improve the look of your shower

...and AFTER. Pretty cool! It takes some elbow grease but once it's done, it's supposed to help protect from future water spotting.

how to improve the look of your shower

Once everything is clean and dry, it's time to re-caulk! We are using a battery powered caulk gun. We find it easier than a manual one. Prep your caulk tube by snipping the tip and puncturing the seal. There is usually a puncturing tool on the caulk gun itself for this purpose.

how to improve the look of your shower

On the outside of the shower, where mistakes would be more visible, we used painter's tape to get a nice clean line. Lay down a bead of caulk and then use a wet finger to smooth it into place. Remove the tape before the caulk sets.

how to improve the look of your shower

Steph did the same procedure inside the shower, but without the tape.

how to improve the look of your shower

So much better! New caulk and hard water spot removal makes the shower look so much better!


Here's another post about Steph's shower where we tried out Wet & Forget Shower Cleaner.

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  • Leigh Neubuck
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    I had terrible water stains on my tile and glass shower doors and I used straight ammonia and a scrubbie. Really did not require much elbow grease but the smell was ungodly and that bathroom in my house only has a ceiling fan (no window). Needless to say you will want to take breaks in fresh air during your cleaning session and definitely where a face mask! Worked like a charm though! Tile is 49 years old and glass door are about 35 years old!


    • That looks amazing! Yes, ammonia is very toxic. Good tip about the mask although I might step it up a bit to use a respirator. ~Vicki

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