Removing old caulk requires proper tools and materials to ensure it is removed safely and completely. Failing to remove existing caulking prior to applying a new layer, can result in the new caulk getting damaged and wearing off sooner.
The process of removing old caulk varies for different materials:
Ceramic and Porcelain Tiling
Ceramic and porcelain tiles often have gaps in-between where each tile slab is placed. These edges and gaps are then filled with caulk to prevent water damage, mould and pests. However, over time the caulk loses its integrity and begins to break apart. The solution to ensure your tiles remain damage-free is either to fully remove old caulk and reapply a new layer, or repair existing caulk. Repairing existing caulk and applying a new layer above it can be tricky. Not all materials can stay on top of the old caulk and it might cause more issues down the line.
Natural and Manmade Stone
Natural and manmade stone also requires caulking, particularly if they are placed outdoors. However, if the caulk material is not consistent along the gaps or you notice gaps reappearing, it might be time to remove old caulk.
Skirting Boards and Joint Sealing
Sometimes skirting boards may only be attached to the base of inner walls for decorative purposes. However, often times it is there to protect walls and close off any gaps with the help of caulking. When old caulk begins to wear off, it results in your walls looking messy and skirting boards not staying in place.
Similarly, joint sealing between walls, floorboards, windows and other framework will not last forever. To avoid moulding, water damage and pests, it is essential to remove old caulk and replace it.
It can be be challenging to remove old caulk yourself, which is why our team of professionals are here to help you.