How to Remove Caulk From Linoleum

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Caulk is a sealer that is placed in the joint between the linoleum floor and tub. It is an effective way to keep moisture from seeping under the linoleum and causing damage. However, caulk can also be messy to apply and may sometimes end up where it shouldn't be on the floor. Removing caulk is a simple process and takes little time.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom and dust pan
  • Commercial caulk softener solution
  • Putty knife
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Remove any excess dirt from the caulk so that it is fully exposed.

  • Apply a caulk softener solution to the caulk you want to remove. Take care to follow the manufacturer's directions and wear gloves to protect the skin.

  • Peel away the old caulk with a putty knife starting at one end of the caulk bead and prying gently away from the linoleum. If the caulk does not come up easily, apply more caulk softening solution, wait for 10 minutes and retry.

  • Rub the area with cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol once all of the caulk has been lifted. The rubbing alcohol will remove any leftover residue from the caulk.

Tips & Warnings

  • When prying the caulk off of the linoleum take care to keep the putty knife edge flat against the floor. This will help prevent any accidental scratches in the flooring from the knife edge.

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