Bathtub tile caulk is an important tool in protecting your bathroom and the structure of your home from the damage that moisture can provide. Unfortunately, because of its protective nature it is also rather difficult to remove. If your bathtub tile caulk is becoming unsightly or discolored, I highly recommend removing it and applying new caulk as soon as possible. There are many reasons for this and after I have explained, perhaps you will decide that I am not completely off my rocker.
Why Replace Caulking
There are actually many reasons to replace bathroom tile caulk. The truth of the matter is that most caulking is not replaced because it is such a lengthy process. Many women are all for replacing caulking at the first sight of discoloration. We are far more worried about it being clean or seeming unclean than most men. Nothing against men, but for the most part tile caulking is not a priority for you fellows.
The problem is that discoloration on the caulk is a sign of a potentially sinister problem and should be addressed immediately. First of all, this could be the symptom of an underlying mold problem. This means that not only do you need to remove the caulk but you also need to check the wall behind the tile for signs of mold. Tilex has a nice kit that allows you to test for mold and mildew if you would like a simple cursory test to use. I am sure you can find more similar kits and products at your local hardware or home improvement store.
Another reason that most women prefer for replacing bathtub tile caulk that has become discolored is that it simply does not look clean. If it contains mildew, mold, or bacteria it is not clean and needs to be replaced but even if it does not yet, does not mean that it is allowing the potential for those things to become an issue to intensify with each and every shower where this is left unchecked.
Is There any Good News
Yes, actually there is. If you are replacing your bathroom tile caulk in the current market there are products you can use that have ingredients that will actually kill mildew. How is this good news? I thought you would ask that, particularly if you are in the middle of the removal process.
The long and short answer to this question is that you will be less likely, if you properly install your caulking, to need to go through this process again anytime soon. At least not for the bathroom you are working in at the moment.
The bathtub tile caulk that contains mildewcides is highly recommended, as it could potentially increase not only the life span of your caulking but also the health of everyone in your home in the process. When you think of the overall health ramifications that replacing your caulking with the mildewcides caulking provides it makes it well worth the effort. Maybe not while you are scraping but after about a week or so.
Regardless of how you feel about bathtub tile caulk, if you have tile, you need it, even if you have a wall panel or vinyl surround for your bathtub you will probably need to replace the caulk at some point during your ownership of your home. It is always best to fix problems early in the process rather than waiting until they become much bigger problems or lead to further damage.