How do I repair caulk between the floor tile and the baseboard?

by Carla

We recently had new floors put in and the caulk to fill the seam between the floor and the baseboards was very poorly done. It is uneven, with rough edges, and just looks messy. This is after the contractor ‘fixed’ it! Do we have to start completely over in caulking the baseboards? Thanks!

  11 answers
  • Nonni Nonni on Mar 02, 2019

    You don’t usually put caulk along the baseboard and tile, just grout. I suspect the tiler didn’t know what he was doing..

  • Carla Carla on Mar 02, 2019

    Nonni - your suspicions are spot on! It was an ordeal!

  • Holy cow, I have no words . . .

  • Oliva Oliva on Mar 02, 2019

    I'd report this contractor to the licensing agency in your state, attaching ohotos and a written statement, before he does this to someone else.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Mar 02, 2019

    Um, yeah. You're supposed to pull the quarter round and cut the tile to fit and well, you're right, it's a mess. If you really want to do something, you can use a blade (like a Widget) and scrape away the caulk to see what's going on under there. If there's a gap, you could fill it with grout and smooth it to tile level or get a wider strip for the molding and cover it that way. Sorry, no other help for the door jambs. And where's the threshold between tile and carpet??? Give these guys zero stars when you rate them!

  • Jan Jan on Mar 02, 2019

    Don’t touch a thing. I would seriously consider filing a claim in small claims court. Take lots of pictures and keep all correspondence with the contractor that did the work. Also, get several estimates from reputable contractors on the cost of fixing it. Check the laws of your state as most have strict rules regarding licensed contractors. They generally have a way you can file a complaint even if the contractor is not actively licensed. Good luck!

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 03, 2021

    Hi Carla, Start with a clean surface, so removing the existing caulk is very important. Scrape it out with a screwdriver or a putty knife. (If you run into stubborn caulk that you can't get loose, use a utility blade to score the top and bottom.) After all the old caulk is removed, re-caulk it with quality caulk. Make sure you use 100% silicone caulk. It’s more flexible and will expand and contract. Let it dry. Then add decorative trim. Take your measurements with you to buy the trim. Home Depot will cut the trim for free if you buy it there. You can also add a backsplash that would cover the gap, but you’ll still need to caulk. Good luck.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 26, 2021

    Hi! I'm honestly irritated at your contractor. Poor quality work gives the real pros a bad name. You might consider having it redone by someone who actually cares about their work. If the installer works for someone else, I would complain to them. A complaint to the manufacturer might be of benefit too. Obviously they want their product installed properly. I'm concerned about the quality of the entire job. The caulk needs to be removed and replaced. One method is to keep the lines nice and straight is to put painter's tape above and below where you want to caulk. It just takes patience to make straight lines. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 14, 2021


    You could fit Plastic or timber skirtings around the room, or call the people in again that did the floor, to make a better job of the floor caulking!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Nov 30, 2021

    you dont repair it .. you just remove and use caulk gun to apply new thin layer.. whoever did that it seams they used finger and job was sloppy

  • Janice Janice on Feb 16, 2022

    Hi Carla, how frustrating for you! I would continue to stay in touch with the installer and nicely let them know that you intend to get some sort of monetary relief because this is a shoddy job. Did they even have a license that can be taken away? I doubt it! If you are going to redo, best to remove it all and start over......get a professional's opinion!