How to Remove Bath Sealant

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How to Remove Bath Sealant
Remove old bathroom sealant and replace with new to help restore the look of your bathroom. (bathtime image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

Like many things in a home, bath sealant needs to be replaced periodically. If left on too long it can become mildewy and dirty. In order to apply new sealant, you must first remove the old. Removing bath sealant is a simple task that you can do quickly and easily with the right tools and equipment.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Clean rags
  • Caulk remover
  • Utility knife
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Church key
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Paint brush
  • Non-ammoniated bath cleaner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Apply caulk remover to the bath sealant with a clean rag. Follow directions on the package, and allow it to sit for a few minutes before continuing.

  2. 2

    Scrape away the sealant using your utility knife. Use needle-nose pliers to pull up larger pieces. Be careful not to damage your tub during this process.

  3. 3

    Scrape off remaining debris using a church key. This will help to get deep into the corners of your tub.

  4. 4

    Soak another rag in denatured alcohol and wipe the area clean. Allow this to dry for a few minutes before proceeding.

  5. 5

    Soak another rag with water and wipe the area completely clean of debris.

  6. 6

    Use a paint brush to apply non-ammoniated bath cleaner to the area. This will help clean the surface and remove mildew from your tub.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution with chemicals like denatured alcohol and bath cleaner. Ventilate your bathroom by opening windows and turning on exhaust fans.

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