Preston and Betti Ann Smith wrote:
> I am about to start work on my bathroom.
> What is the best way to remove the old grout from between the tiles?
Unless your place is a lot different than mine, the problem isn't
removing the grout - it is keeping it in place. :-) It should come away
fairly easily. They sell tools at HD/Lowes/etc. for that job. If you are
removing the tiles, the grout will just crumble off. Handle the tiles
with gloves - the edges will cut.
> What is the best way to remove old silicone caulking from around the
> tub? Is there anything that dissolves silicone caulking or is scraping the
> only way to do it?
As far as silicone caulking, I find that if you can grab any of it, it
will pull away from smooth surfaces like tile and tub enamal like a big
rubber band (especially if it has been there a while).
> Will cleaning the surfaces with alcohol before caulking
> improve adhesion?
Probably, but the main thing is that you need to remove any grease or
oil - normal bathroom cleaner and a good wipe down with a clean damp
cloth should do it.
That is what I do, others may be more particular...
> Betti Ann & Preston Smith, Head of St Margaret's Bay, NS,
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