Asked on Apr 27, 2020

Get caulk build up off easy?

Jeremy HoffpauirKmdreamerBetsy


How and what is best home made remedy getting caulk off

11 answers
  • Craft Invaders
    Craft Invaders
    on Apr 27, 2020

    This post might be helpful

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Apr 27, 2020

    Here is some info- I am assuming that it is on your tub or shower or in kitchen areas so hopefully this will answer your question

  • You can buy a tool for caulk removal. Check with your local hardware or home improvement store.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Apr 27, 2020

    The best thing is to scrape it off. If it is a messy job, you can score it (just be careful as not to cut into the surface below) then scrape it off. If you are unhappy with the job, remove and put new caulk down. You can get a duo tool for under $10 but I always use a plastic scraper to lift and my finger, damped, to smooth after application.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    Lynn Sorrell
    on Apr 27, 2020

    what kind of caulk is it latex(water based) or silicone based i use straight edge razor, then for the silicone you'll need to The process for removing silicone caulk residue is simple, but it does take some time and effort.

    1. Use a razor blade to scrape off as much of the residue as possible without scratching the surface you are cleaning.
    2. Apply mineral spirits or denatured alcohol. ...
    3. Brush away any bits that "pill" and become detached.

    Does WD 40 remove silicone sealant?

    Well WD40 does peel off old silicone, and it does do so much better than any product I have ever purchased over the last 30 years. But, and here's the rub. Unless you can be 100% sure you have cleaned away every last drop or smear of WD40, it can, and probably will, react with your new sealant and not work well

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on Apr 27, 2020

    Cutting the edge with a razor blade tool helps with removal. A hint for installing new caulk. Lay blue painter's tape (not the traditional masking tape) along the edges of where you want the caulk. Apply a bead of caulk, smooth the bead with your finger or tool, and then pull the tape off after it sits for a few minutes. You will get a neat edge and caulk won't be all over the place. This is similar to taping an area to be painted.

  • Christina Woodcock
    Christina Woodcock
    on Apr 27, 2020

    What are you removing the caulk from?

  • Lindsay Aratari
    Lindsay Aratari
    on Apr 28, 2020

    I would try to scrape it off

  • Betsy
    on Apr 28, 2020

    Hi Always: Caulk is us pretty rubbery and should peel off easily. Then, scrub away any bits of caulk that remain in the joint. Clean the surface of the joint with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. Finally, clean the surface with a diluted bleach mixture to kill any mildew or mold. Give it a final cleaning with vinegar and let it dry and recaulk. Bleach has a bit of a greasy residue, and the vinegar will take care of that. Good luck

  • Kmdreamer
    on Apr 28, 2020

    Get a screw driver flat head go to the end of the cork dig the screw driver into it get a tip up and hold with your thumb and pull .keep doing that till it’s all off

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir
    Jeremy Hoffpauir
    on Apr 30, 2020

    The best way is to remove and recaulk. Denatured alcohol will remove caulk easily.

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