Asked on Feb 17, 2018

The caulk That surrounds my bathtub and the shower keeps pulling away

by Dee
The caulk keeps pulling away from the shower enclosure around the tub. What can I use to repair that I have tried several different caulks.

  6 answers
  • Tara Kotry Tara Kotry on Feb 17, 2018

    When you remove three old caulking you must make sure you clean the surface before you recaulk.

    One old caulk is of clean the surface well with a non acetone nail polish remover. It will take off the old residue.

    Then when you apply the new make one continuous bead of caulking, the moisten your finger and in a continuous motion drag your finger along to create the seal between the wall and tub.

    Most important is making sure your surface is thoroughly clean before recaulking.

  • Pjo26908388 Pjo26908388 on Feb 17, 2018

    Clean the heck out of the area and sanitize with a Clorox spray. Waiting until the area is completely dry and fill with a silicone caulk. Then let it dry thoroughly. If the gap/expansion joint is large do a few layers to surround the back letting it shrink and dry a bit between layers.

    Mold and trapping dampness of any (even from an exterior wall) keep caulk from holding up. These tips may help, yet some tubs just need to be recaulked every year or two.

    • Dee Dee on Feb 17, 2018

      Yes someone told me to use silicone instead of caulk,What’s unfortunate is the bathroom was re-done about five years ago and this is have a contractor left it. It goes from approximately a half inch opening all the way around to about an eighth of an inch so thank you I will try the silicone

  • Theresa Theresa on Feb 17, 2018

    Also, I have read to fill the tub with water before you caulk. Sometimes it is the extra weight from a person or bath water that causes it to pull away.

    • Dee Dee on Feb 17, 2018

      I have also heard that, I have gone as far as caulking, and putting plastic around it so it didn’t get wet but now the caulking is all dried and ugly. Thanks

  • NC Landlady NC Landlady on Feb 18, 2018

    Use a stretchable caulk. Won't leave gaps! : )

  • Jjsunflower😎 Jjsunflower😎 on Feb 18, 2018


  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 18, 2018

    Buy some trim tiles, the ones that are about 1/2 inch high with a bull nose if you can find them. Caulk them in place on the "wet" side of the shower enclosure to cover the gap. And definitely fill the tub with water, let it sit until the caulk cures IF you don't have small children around.