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Question DetailsAsked on 6/9/2013

Need someone to remove old tub caulk and re-caulk

Caulk on tub area is very old, cracked, hard and mildewed. Need caulk removed and replaced

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Any handyman, suggest you purchase caulk first, I like a quad polymer. (Menards, Lowes, etc). Agree on a price for job rather than hourly charge. Ask how they would remove old caulk before hiring them. (Think secret is a high temp gun like a hair drier) Or tell them come ready to caulk and I will reimburse for materials. Would think in most markets $100 or less.

Jim Casper

Answered 7 years ago by jccasper


As stated in another response, a handyman can do this job. If you are worried about a handyman's ability to do a thorough, neat job then call a ceramic tile contractor - will probably cost about $50 more, but more likely to get a professional job.

Several key things -

1) the existing caulk has to be pretty thoroughly removed to give it something to hold onto - a simple overlay of new caulk will just peel off because it will not stick properly to old caulk.

2) the mildew needs to be thoroughly scraped away, then treated with a mildewcide - either a commercial mildewcide product or chlorine bleach, being careful not to bleach the tub itself with it. This is where the pro is a better bet - many handymen, if they even treat the mildew, end up staining or bleaching the tub finish with the chemicals.

3) great care has to be taken not to cut into the ceramic/enamel finish on metal tubs when removing the old caulk, because scratches throught the ceramic/enamel will cause rusting, leading to failure of the caulk and rust staining of the tub, and eventually rust penetration under the ceramic finish. Usually most of the removal is done with non-metallic gouges and scrapers.

4) the new caulk should be specifically designed for tub and tile use, and have a built-in mildewcide additive.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD



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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


I am not sure how people can get $50 price. Maybe it was done together with other tasks. I always got charged between $100 to $149 to get old caulk remove and re-caulk, plus some grout cleaning.

Answered 11 months ago by Elune

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