Mindi @ MyLove2Create.com
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Give Your Toilet a Much Needed Pedicure!

Is the caulk around your toilets old and looking nasty? A few of mine were and I couldn't stand it anymore! I grabbed a flat head screwdriver and removed the old caulk. Cleaned, let dry, and then re-culked! If you don't have caulk lying around it is under $4 at your local hardware store. A very quick fix for a very happy toilet!
I am aware that not everyone chooses to caulk their toilets, and this post has brought both sides in the comments. It makes for an interesting read in this post and on my blog. :)
give your toilet a much needed pedicure, bathroom ideas, home maintenance repairs, how to
A before shot of the old caulk, when I had HAD ENOUGH! Ugh!
give your toilet a much needed pedicure, bathroom ideas, home maintenance repairs, how to
Maybe you know of a better tool...but my flat head screw driver did the trick to remove all the old caulk.
give your toilet a much needed pedicure, bathroom ideas, home maintenance repairs, how to
After cleaning I could add my nice clean caulk! Ahhh so much better!
For the full tutorial and tips and tricks to make the caulk go on smooth see my blog post.
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  • Galen W. Yoder
    on Sep 18, 2016

    In regards to Tamara's & StraightNails comments, I can only say , In an" IDEAL" situation. If a large individual, or a handicapped individual has difficulty on the fixture, the weight and leverage combined will loosen the toilet and crack the wax seal allowing it to leak. If you look at the toilet bowl, a ceramic/china type product, and your mounting it to a floor surface with 2 1/4" bolts (in most cases) Keep in mind , that when tightening the nuts and washers down that even a 1/16 of a turn to far on the nut and CRACK, you just bought a new toilet bowl! Too loose and the wax ring will compress enough that the toilet bowl bolts become loose and the leak begins. (It doesn't take much for the seal to become leak worthy), Using a latex caulk will provide an indicator for water leaking because it Will show signs of failure., Silicone has a good adhesive quality which will actually keep the toilet a little bit more securely fastened to the floor, however you will not see any signs of leakage until the vinyl starts showing discoloration from the tainted water trying to escape around the outside perimeter of the bowl base, " hopefully" the underlayment and vinyl will be all that needs repaired or replaced. If the installation is on a hard surface like tile typically the grout will show signs of wicking and discoloration.

  • Jackie Hendricks
    on Nov 12, 2016

    This is awesome. I don't caulk around toilets, but I DO need to do this to the edge of my shower pan. Tx for the tip!

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