Caulking Your Newly Finished Project Is Easy

Whether you’re caulking a newly finished project or an existing item in your home, you can do it yourself! Cualking will protect your floors and walls around sinks, bathtubs and toilets. But, it will also help lower your heating and cooling bills when used around doors and windows.

Most types of caulking is fairly inexpensive, but it can save you literally hundreds of dollars. Removing a bathtub and replacing a rotten floor is a huge undertaking!

Most caulks are applied in the same way and are actually simplier to apply than you might think. With the right kind of caulk and a little patience, you can do a professional looking job!

Caulking comes in two different types of containers, you can either purchase it in cartridges or in squeeze tubes. With a squeeze tube, you can just apply the caulking directly from the tube. But, if you purchase cartridges you will also need a caulking gun.

One of the most important things to do when caulking is to clean the area. The area can be cleaned using plain warm water, never use any type of soaps or cleaners. Remove as much of the dirt and dust as possible, these will keep the caulking from adhering.

If you’re re-caulking a area, remove all of the old caulking. You can use a utility knife or even a putty scraper to get all of the old caulking off. If there’s any residue of the old caulking left, you can use some rubbing alcohol on a rag to clean it up.

Since caulking is usually inexpensive, it’s a good idea to try doing a little caulking on a piece of carboard or newspaper first. This is especially helpful if you’ve never applied caulk before. It will give you an idea of how hard to squeeze the caulking to get the thickness of the line you desire.

Cutting the tip of the nozzle whether on a cartridge or a squeeze tube is also important. If your project requires a thin line of caulk, you’ll want to cut close to the tip of the nozzle. And, you’ll want to cut farther down if you need to fill a large gap.

To get a nice even line of caulking, use even pressure to squeeze the tube or caulking gun trigger and move the nozzle at a consistent pace. You should always hold the caulking at a 45 degree angle to apply.

After you’ve gotten all of your caulking applied, you can use a caulking smoother to press it into all of the gaps and cracks. If you don’t have a smoother, you can just wet your finger and use it to smooth the caulk into place.

The drying time depends on the type of caulking that you use. It should tell you how long it will take right on the package. It may only take several hours, but you may need to wait until the next day for it to completely set.

If the caulking was applied around a bathtub or sink, make sure it’s completely set before using them. Water can wash the caulking away and prevent it from drying completely. And, if you’re planning on painting it, the paint will prevent it from getting the air it needs to dry properly.