Do silicone removal tools really work? We put them to the test and here's our verdict

Side by side caulk removal tools on side of bath against white tiles
(Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

Could specialist silicone removal tools make your DIY life easier? No one wants ugly, old, mouldy sealant, or old sealant that is breaking down and lifting off the surface. So removing silicone or caulk and replacing with new is the simple solution. However it's not always a quick or easy job; sealant can be stubborn. Step in specialist removal tool.

A sharp knife is one solution, but silicone removal tools bring more to the table and they are more than just removal tools. They get rid of sealant but can also help shape the new silicone or caulk applied. So when the sealant or caulk is gone you simply need to go about sealing or caulking the freshly cleaned areas for a smart, smooth finish.

Here we give two silicone/caulk removal tools a rigorous run through to see just how good they are — and deliver our verdict on whether they're worth the money.

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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.