Now every time you do the dishes, you can admire your DIY prowess showcased by your neatly sealed backsplash. Here’s a guide on how to caulk a backsplash.
What You'll Need
• One of the products listed above
• Utility knife for removing old caulk and opening the caulking tube
• McKanica® Silicone Caulk Remover or similar product if silicone is present
• Caulk gun
• Beading tools, small foam brushes, or your trusty finger for tooling
• Damp rags for clean-up
• The dog to clean the dishes that are in the way
Clean out existing caulk and broken grout
If you want your caulking job to stick and stretch for years to come, make sure you remove food particles, old caulk, and other contaminants. If silicone is present, use a silicone caulk remover. Dry the surface with a clean towel.
Apply the caulk
A steady hand is necessary for a smooth bead, so make sure Fido isn’t under foot. Apply the bead 1/8”-1/4” wide to ensure there’s enough there to both stick to the joint and stretch with movement.
Tool (smooth) the bead
Use your finger, a beading tool or foam brush to smooth the bead. This provides best adhesion and greater longevity.
Use soapy water* or mineral spirits** to clean up tools and surfaces. Stand back and admire your handy work. Get someone else to do the dishes for the next few days.
*for MildewFree, eXact color or Conceal
** for Lexel