Tips on Caulking a Shower

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Caulking a shower always requires you to keep a few very important things in mind. Get tips on caulking a shower with help from a lead designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Erica Lugbill, and I own Lugbill Designs, a residential interior design and remodeling firm in Chicago. Today I'm going to be covering how to caulk your shower. The first thing you need to do is decide what caulk is best for your project. I chose one of the easy tube applicators. I think for a small job, these are way easier to control and manipulate, and you can get a much more precise job with this style. You can also use a typical caulking gun and a tube of caulk, that works also. This is just a personal preference. I chose a silicone base that is still washable with water, so you wont run into the cleaning issues that you normally have with silicone-based caulks, and I decided to use a clear. Now, if you're caulking in between your old grout joints or if your tub is not white, you may want to use a different color of caulk. That all just depends on your current project. And first step, oh I should also mention, this one is mold and mildew resistant, which is important when you're caulking your tub or your shower. It's going to get so much use and be exposed to so much water that you'll be better off in the long run if you go ahead and buy that type up front. To open this tube, start small, and you just cut off the tip here, okay that wasn't enough. It's better to start small so you can have a smaller bead of caulk. You can always cut the whole larger if you need to. Okay, there we go. We have a nice, small stream there. And then, I also need to mention, cleaning is also very important. You need to make sure you have all old grout or old caulk removed. There's chemical ways to do this, and they sell chemical products that help the process and kind of soften it up. Or you can use an Exacto knife, or just a putty knife. Be careful if your tub is acrylic, you don't want to damage the finish. And if that's the case, you can use a plastic putty knife, which will be much more gentle on your finish. Okay. So I'm going to take the caulk, and you run a very small thin line. Then next you just take your finger, smooth it over the surface. With the clear it's really easy to apply. There's not as much cleanup and it's a nice clean looking installation. And then after that's done drying, you just wipe off the excess and you're done. Thanks for joining me today. I hope you found these tips helpful. To see more of my work, go to LugbillDesigns.com.

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