How to Caulk a Tub Surround

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Caulk will seal in the area around a bathtub, which will prevent water from leaking out onto the floor. Find out how you can caulk the tub surrounds in your own home with help from a remodeling expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Andrew Dryden, and I'm going to show you how to caulk a tub surround. Things you'll need: a razor or utility knife, caulk and rags. First, remove any old caulking that may be in place around the tub perimeter, soap dishes and floor. Do this by carefully cutting the caulking out with the utility knife. Cut off the end of the tube of caulking at a 45 degree angle with the utility knife. Keep even pressure on the tube of caulk and slowly apply a bead or line of caulk along the entire crack. Use a dampened finger to smooth the caulk by starting at the corner and sliding your finger across the caulk. And finally, repeat the caulking process for the two side walls. Also apply caulk around any soap dishes, along the outside of the tub where it meets the floor, and around the perimeter where the tub meets the wall, if desired. And that is how you caulk a tub surround.

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