Disclaimer: you are about to see more pictures than you’d like of way ugly tiles in our master bathroom. I don’t even see them anymore, but they’re reason #8 why I can’t wait to give this room a little facelift. So this post is kinda like putting lipstick on a pig. Just go with it.
You know that feeling when you’ve been scrubbing and scrubbing and the grout around your bathtub is STILL disgusting? You reach for the heavy artillery of mold sprays/ baking soda/ bleach pens and, alas, nada. Still grody.
Disclaimer disclaimer: Looking back over these pictures makes the bathroom seem disgusting. I guess it kind of was. But I have 3 small kids, so that tells you how often I’m actually in the shower. ‘Nuff said.
Solution? Time to scrape, clean, and recaulk, peeps. First, the tools… I grabbed this set at Home Depot specifically meant for caulk removal, I also needed both an industrial blade and a flat razor. Finally, it was helpful to have an old toothbrush and some heavy duty cleaner (I used our Tilex mold removal).
I started by removing the first layer of caulk with my Home Depot tool.
There was still a grubby layer of caulk that was a little harder to remove, so I reached for the blade and cut this portion out. It took a little elbow grease and wasn’t the tidiest project on my list, but it also wasn’t the hardest.
After going back and forth with the various blades, using the toothbrush to clean out the nooks and crannies, and then letting it dry for a while, things were already shaping up!
The final step is the easiest: just recaulking along the tub. We already had this vinyl adhesive caulk on hand, so I went with that.
Squeeze a line of caulk and then go back over it with your caulk tool or your finger. I started with the tool, and ultimately just used the damp tip of my finger since I had more control. Apply pressure so that you are packing the caulk into the cracks and at the same time smoothing it into a clean line. Use a damp sponge to wipe away any extra smudged caulk that you have (you can see the smearing I’m talking about on the picture below with the caulk tool… that will need to get removed with the sponge unless you like that haphazard look).
Follow the directions on the label (usually to keep the area dry for a certain period of time) and enjoy your clean and shiny new caulk.
Reminder of the Before… and After!
Oh, as a little addendum to this Pulitzer worthy post, reminder that this was how the bathroom looked during our walk through… we did manage to remove the sliding (brassy) doors which explains the two toned tile in the pictures above… I found a cheap tile at Home Depot to patch where the sliding door used to be. And yes, I was pregnant then too…
Wanna see some other bathroom related DIY projects?
Here’s how you can replace a toilet.
Or maybe you have a dated sink that could use a facelift?
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