Caulking: 11 must-know tips for a smooth and professional finish

Caulking gun placing white sealant on black background
Caulking like a professional needs a consistent pressure when applying (Image credit: Getty Images)

Caulking in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere in the home can be a scary thought, especially for those who are new to the art. 

But it's not as difficult as you might think and once you have learnt how to caulk, you will be getting smart, smooth caulk beads that are watertight and look good. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.