How To Remove Silicone Caulk From Your Bathtub, Shower or Counter Video

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 9:42:00 AM

Melissa Skinner from Great Day Improvements explains how to remove silicone caulk from your bathtub, shower or counter. She'll walk you through the removal process and provide some tips along the way.



Hi. I’m Melissa Skinner with Great Day Improvements. Welcome to our Easy How-To Home Improvement Video Series. Today we are going to demonstrate how to remove silicone caulking from your bathtub, shower or counter.

As with any home improvement project, having the right tools will save you time and money in the long run. For this project, we recommend getting the following items:

  1. Caulking removal tool
  2. Dry rag
  3. Trash can

The caulking removal tool can be purchased at your local hardware store for around $5. Hopefully you have spare household rags handy. If not, an old sock or shirt will work just fine. So let’s get started.

  • Pick a starting spot. The edges are the easiest so you have something to start from.
  • Position the edge of your tool so that it fits between the wall and the surface you are removing the caulking from.
  • Apply pressure in the form of nice even strokes.
  • The caulking will be pulled up in the process.
  • Repeat this along the entire surface going over spots that the caulking may stick to. Don’t press so hard that you damage the wall board.
  • Once you are done, take your rag and clean off any remaining debris from your edge and throw the old stuff away in your handy trash can.
  • Since you can’t paint over silicone caulking, now is the time to grab some touch up paint and fix any spots along the old caulking that may have peeled up during the removal process.
  • Something else to look for before you apply new caulking – check for mold and mildew.
  • If you find it along your cracks, this could be an indication you have a bigger problem. No point in applying new caulking if it will have to be removed again to get behind walls or under tubs and sinks.


Hopefully, you found this Easy How-To video helpful.

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