We don’t always get to work on pretty projects, like paintings or cute vignettes for our homes. Sometimes we have to talk about the nitty gritty stuff that everyone wants to overlook. A few weekends ago Gunnar and I decided we had enough in our battle with our shower. It was awful, it looked gross and was embarrassing even though we were doing our best to try and clean it. It NEVER looked like we did anything and it continued to get worse.
We were going to get it cleaned up for good starting from scratch. So we removed the caulk and got a beautiful clean shower out of it. We put it off for a long time because it sounded like a BIG project and who wants to live without a shower for 2 days?
But the first warm weekend came and we decided enough is enough. Here is what we did.
You need a utility knife, waterproof caulk, a flat scraper, a nylon brush, and cleaner.
We first used the utility knife to make a cut along the top and bottom of the caulk. As you can see in some of the before pictures the caulk was already starting to peel away from the wall so this step wasn’t all that hard in some places. In some place we were able to pull the caulk cleanly away from the wall at this point. If that doesn’t get all of it take the flat scrapper and run it parallel to the wall. Next use your brush to get any final pieces loose. It is important to remove all the caulk before putting up new.
Once you have all the caulk removed spray the area down with a good cleaner and wipe away with a damp cloth. This further ensures you have removed all the tiny bits and pieces as well as gives you a nice clean surface to start with.
Next, grab your caulk and a bowl of warm soapy water. We found it was best to put about 6 – 10 inches of caulk down and then smooth it out so you didn’t too much built up and run out of room. To smooth it out dip your finger in the warm soapy water and apply gentle steady pressure to the line, it may take you a little to get the pressure right but you will get the hang of it.
Once it is dry stand back and enjoy your new beautiful and clean shower caulk. Next we will tackle the shower pan and see what we can do to brighten it up. Going back and editing this picture really makes me appreciate the time we spent cleaning up the caulk. It wasn’t a fun or cute job but it really has had a HUGE impact in our bathroom. And once it gets the mold underneath of it there is not going back you cannot scrub that out.