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How to Remove Caulk

Do you have old, moldy, cracked caulk in your kitchen or bathroom? Here's how you can remove it in just a few easy steps.


  • Step 1: Apply caulk remover Apply caulk remover to soften the existing caulk.
  • TIP: Use isopropyl alcohol to soften water-based acrylic caulk. It's flammable so be careful.
  • Step 2: Cut caulk Slice into the caulk with the utility knife or razor blade.
  • TIP: Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Step 3: Pull off caulk Pull off the remaining caulk with the needle-nose pliers.
  • Step 4: Scrape Work slowly and carefully to scrape off any remaining caulk with the 5-in-1 tool.
  • Step 5: Clean surface Clean the area with a solution of ⅓ cup bleach per gallon of water to remove any mold or mildew on the surface. Scrub away any soap residue.
  • Step 6: Rinse Rinse the area thoroughly.
  • Step 7: Dry Wipe the area with a clean rag and let it air dry.
  • FACT: Did you know? An abundance of airborne mold can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems, and lead to infections.

You Will Need

  • A caulk remover
  • A utility knife or razor blade
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • A 5-in-1 tool
  • Bleach
  • A sponge
  • Rag
  • Isopropyl alcohol (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)

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