Advice from the DIY Experts.

How to Remove Caulk.

By Brittany Bailey, Pretty Handy Girl

*Brittany has partnered with GE Caulk to bring you this post, and has been compensated for her advice and honest opinions.

How to remove old caulk

Keeping a clean and smooth line of caulk around your kitchen and bathroom fixtures is an important step in maintaining your home. Acrylic caulk that has cracked or is coming off will allow water to penetrate behind the surface and could damage your walls or begin to grow mold.

Take a look at your sink, countertops and bathtubs. Does the caulk need replacing? Replacing and caulking joints is an easy DIY task anyone can do.

Begin by removing the old caulk from the joint. Use a 5-in-1 paint tool to score and pry out the caulk.

Removing caulk with a 5-in-1 paint tool

Continue working along the joint until you have removed as much caulk as you can.

Removing caulk around the joint

You can use a razor blade to gently clean up any remaining caulk (use a light pressure to gently scrape). Never use a razor blade on softer materials like marble, wood, or stainless steel.

Remove remaining caulk with a razor blade

Use rubbing alcohol to clean up any remaining residue along the joint.

Clean up remaining caulk residue

Once the countertop is dry, line the joint with painter's tape.

Applying new caulk using painters tape

To prevent cracking and shrinking, choose 100% silicone caulk. GE Kitchen & Bath Silicone caulks are waterproof and mold resistant, which eliminates the need to re-caulk in the future.

Insert the tube of caulk into your caulk gun. Cut off the tip and puncture the seal. Squeeze the caulk gun trigger until caulk begins to dispense.

Applying caulk with a caulk gun

Position the caulk tube at an angle into the joint. Wrap a wet wipe around your index finger and position your finger next to the caulk tip. Squeeze caulk into the void as you move the caulk tube along the joint. Drag your wipe covered finger behind the caulk tip. Your finger presses and smooths the caulk as you go.

Applying GE Silicone caulk

Clean up any gaps or lumps with the wipe.

Smoothing out caulk lumps with a wipe

Once your caulk line is seamless, remove the painter's tape (before the caulk begins to cure.)

Allow caulk to cure for 30 minutes

Allow the caulk to cure for at least 30 minutes.

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from a clean and smooth line of caulk that will last a lifetime.

GE Silicone Caulk