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Re-Caulking a Tile Surround

Re-Caulking a tile surround is a necessary part of the maintenance that tile tub surrounds require.  Caulk keeps water from penetrating the joints of the surround as well as the faucet hardware.  If you do not perform this maintenance every now and again, you will be visiting our write up on repairing water damaged tile surrounds!

Tile surrounds require caulk wherever two different surfaces meet.  The gaps between adjacent walls, the floor and the tub and around the fixtures.  Grout applied in these areas does not usually hold up.

In general, it is best to use 100% silicone caulk for most of this job.  These tubes are usually labeled "Kitchen & Bath" or something similar.  Silicone caulk is difficult to work with, but the longevity of the stuff is unbeatable.  Don't have a caulk gun?   Buy a caulk gun

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Caulk tub

Caulking bathroom tub

Level of Difficulty

Time Required:
 2 hours
Caulking gun
Grout saw
Utility razor scraper
Silicone caulk
Masking tape
Solvent for caulk
Safety Precautions
Follow proper procedures for handling solvents.

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