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Kitchen and Bath Caulking Tips
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

The humid, wet conditions created in kitchens and bathrooms can often lead to sealant failure. Areas which allow moisture to enter are considered problem areas and should be resealed immediately. It is important to caulk around plumbing, tubs, walls, sinks, faucets, and toilets. Also, woodwork around exterior windows and doors should be sealed with caulk to ensure quality energy efficiency.

When working with caulk, it is suggested to mask the area with tape to help guide you in a smooth line. You can also use a small plastic tool called a caulk smoother to get the job done easier. For small areas, be sure to use caulk in squeeze tubes as opposed to cartridges. To avoid a messy caulk job, be sure to use a consistent amount of pressure in a continuous motion.

Common caulking tools include:

• Awl or putty knife
• Caulk remover
• Rubbing alcohol
• A clean cloth
• GE Silicone II Kitchen & Bath mildew-resistant caulk
• A caulking gun
• Caulk Smoother

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