How do I know when I need to re-caulk my bathtub or shower?

Caulking is an activity that is easy to perform. Caulk is a material used to seal a gap between two surfaces, usually for the purpose of waterproofing. If you have recently moved into a new home, you probably need to re-caulk around your bathtub and shower after about a year. Otherwise caulking around your tub and shower should be done at least once every five years.

If you’re replacing the caulk surrounding a sink or bathtub, it’s important to completely remove the old caulk before applying the new product. Use a utility blade or a plastic caulk remover to prevent scratching any tile. Once the area is caulk-free, clean away any dust or debris that could get stuck under the new layer of caulk. Painter’s tape can protect any areas you don’t want the caulk to cover, and it will give you a straight, smooth line.