Removing silicone and caulk: 3 ways to get rid of old or discoloured sealant

Old caulk being removed in bathroom with caulk removal tool
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It's time to start removing silicone or caulk when it begins to discolour, lift off the surface and starts to let in water where it's not wanted. The purpose of sealant is to seal up small gaps with a smart smooth, flexible finish that can repel water. 

There is an art to caulking and the same applies when it comes to removing caulk or silicone from the bath, shower, sink, skirting boards or wherever else you have in your home. 

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.