We recaulked our bathroom a few months ago and used the kind that says
silicone, mold and mildew resistant, for bathroom and kitchen. It has
already begun to discolor.
Would someone please tell me what to use in there when I redo it. That
is a job we (husband and I) both hate and really don't want to do it
over again. Is there some shortcut to getting the old stuff off? Any
helpful suggestions appreciated. I am in Florida where moisture is
always a problem. The hard tile grout doesn't do this ... or if it
does, Clorox takes care of it.
Hi Dottie: I feel your pain, taking silicone caulking off. it is a
pain and it requires a great deal of patience. I used a plastic putty
knife, rubbing alcohol and a dap caulk remover from Lowe's and it
helped some (you have to be careful since the remover is not
recommended for plastic tubs. I used an akwik seal adhesive caulk-not
made out of silicone- this time. Hopefully it will last as long, and if
not, it should be easier to remove.
On 5 Jul 2006 15:30:42 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm, "Dottie"
Here ya go, Dottie. The secrets are caulk softener and Tub & Tile
caulk. DAP is the brand I've always found at Home Despots and the
Another tip is to fill the tub with water before you caulk so it does
any settling and opens up the gap. Otherwise, it might pull apart (if
the flooring isn't 100%) and let water seep down.
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What does the discoloration look like? Is it more mold? One thing I
recently learned is that mold many times grows from the inside out out. For
example, from behind the tile which is wet due to failed grout joints.
I am in the midst of a bath room project that had greenboard. There was
always mold growing. The green board was totally soaked behind the tile.
I wouldn't panic yet. Mold grows easily behind caulk and will disrupt
the seal if it wasn't clean when the caulk put in. Contractor told me
to clean with straight bleach and let dry before caulking - worked for me.
Thanks. I will be careful to clean it good before I re-do it and use
Clorox to kill the existing mold.
This is only the area around the shower door, where it meets the tub.
I used DAP before....the problem may very well be the way I prepped and
applied it rather than what I used.
If it is on tile, and you can use a razor blade scraper, I would do so.
Then take denatured alcohol to be sure you get all the soap scum, as
it almost assures failure if left on surface. I don't think brand
matters - DAP and GE? are the only memorable brands. I would use only
silicone for shower (non-paintable).
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