How to Remove Excess Caulk


Caulking is done to fill in gaps between two objects, such as a wall and a bathtub. It is difficult to judge how much caulk is needed in some spaces and sometimes too much caulk can be used. The excess caulk will seep out of the space, causing the caulking job to look unattractive. You can remove excess caulk whether the caulk is still wet or it has already dried.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Sponges
  • Razor blade

Wet Caulk

  • Fill a bucket with warm water.

  • Wet the sponge in the bucket of water and remove it.

  • Wipe the excess caulk with the sponge. Start at one end of where the excess caulk begins and work your way to the other end.

  • Rinse the sponge in the water and continue to wipe the area where the excess caulk is until no more caulk remains.

Dried Caulk

  • Scrape the dried excess caulk with a razor blade. Start at one edge and continue to scrape until all of the excess caulk is removed.

  • Wet a sponge under a running faucet. You do not need to soak the sponge--just dampen it.

  • Wipe the area where the excess caulk was, with the wet sponge, to ensure that you removed all of the residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the dried caulk is thick, you may need to scrape several layers off of the top before you start to scrape it at the edge.

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