Have you ever picked at a tiny piece of wallpaper that was peeling up and before you knew what was happening, you had peeled the whole room? Or on a smaller scale, chipped and peeled of your nail polish? (Very bad for your nails, by the way….)
I was at the kitchen sink and I was suddenly really bothered by part of the caulked seal that was turning black (ew!) and was separating from the sink and the granite.
You could see where the water had gotten in and was lifting the seal.
It happens. When it does, it’s a simple fix.
Sure, I could ask Handsome Hubby to do it, but his Honey-Do List is already a mile long. The man works his cute behind off all day and I’d really rather not bother him with things I could do myself. (I’d rather give him tasks that involve electricity, heavy lifting or spiders…)
The first thing you need to do is remove the existing caulking. Take a utility knife and slit under and over the edge of the caulk. You can also use a small paring knife if you’re too lazy to walk out to the garage and look for one.
The old caulk should peel right on out. Keep at it until you get every little bit.
Once it’s out, clean and thoroughly dry the area.
There are the ginormous tubes you can get that go into that caulking gun, but personally I hate them. They’re unwieldy and the goo keeps dribbling out even after I let go of the trigger.
Be sure to use one specifically designed for kitchens or baths.
Snip off the end of the tube at an angle and start laying a bead of the caulk along the area.
Don’t try to be all prissy and perfect about it. The goal is to fill the crack with the goo.
Once you have applied a nice generous line of the caulk …
Get the tip of your finger wet and run it along the entire line. You will come up with a big blob of the goo on your finger. Wipe it off on a paper towel, get your finger wet and do it again.
After a swipe or two, it will look like this:
Messy and not good enough. Continue to get your finger wet, run it over the caulking, wipe it on a paper towel and repeat. Do one entire length of the sink at a time.
A nice clean edge, made completely with a wet fingertip.
You’ll need to let it dry for several hours, so keep the kids away. Drying time aside, this whole endeavor took me about 20 minutes. And that included looking for the tube of caulk out in the garage.