Something to watch for in silicone caulk used in high humidity areas such as
bathrooms is an ingredient, (don't know what it is) that is a mildew retardent.
Another tip, when you smooth out silicone caulk with your finger or thumb, is to
moisten finger or thumb lightly with paint thinner. Use paper towels to wipe up
Mike Sloane wrote:
> 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...
> > Thanks
> > Preston
> > ---
> > Betti Ann & Preston Smith, Head of St Margaret's Bay, NS,
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Allamuchy NJ
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