Most experts (and any reputable handyman) agree that you should re-caulk your shower and tub about every 3-5 years. Old caulk can allow moisture to get inside your wall, causing mildew and the deterioration of your sheetrock. Recaulking takes a steady hand and is the perfect job for a local handyman. However, if you decide to take this project on yourself, here are the steps to take when replacing the caulk:

1. Pre-clean the area with a bathroom cleanser/soap scum remover. Remove the old caulk by cutting or scraping it away with a knife or razor blade. It should peel off easily. Soften stubborn and dried caulk with commercial caulk remover that allows you to more easily scrape it away. You can also use a heat gun to warm up the caulk and make it easier to remove. Work your way around the edge of the tub or shower, softening and then removing the caulk with your razor.

2. Vacuum up remaining bits of caulk and clean the seams with rubbing alcohol to remove caulk, soap scum, and other materials that accumulate in the shower's corners. Check to see if there is mildew growing behind the caulk. If you have a lot of mildew, use a mildew killer or a mixture of bleach and water to get rid of it. Let the area dry thoroughly (24 to 36 hours) before you start re-caulking.

3. Lay down strips of masking tape 1/8 inch from the seam to prevent caulk from bleeding over onto tile or walls. Place the caulk in the caulk gun and cut off the container's tip with scissors. Depress the caulk gun's trigger and run the caulk along the seam in a smooth, steady motion, leaving a thin bead of caulk which covers the seam completely. Make sure you put on enough or it will not provide complete protection. As you dispense the caulk, use this handyman trick and smooth it out with a wet finger.

4. Once you've caulked all the seams, wait 30 minutes and then remove the tape. Wait 24 to 48 hours before using the shower/tub. If possible, don't use the bathroom at all during this time. The caulk will dry more completely in an unused bathroom.

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Below is the table which shows the top 6 best caulk for shower 2018. Each and every caulk for shower is chosen by our specialist reviewers.


# 1 - Loctite 1515861 Polyseamseal Tub And Tile Adhesive Caulk, 5.5-ounce Tube, White

This item is Loctite 1515861 Polyseamseal Tub and Tile Adhesive Caulk, 5.5-Ounce Tube, White . Used for Painting Supplies Abrasives & Surface Preparation. This product is Manufactured in United States.

  • This item is Loctite 1515861 Polyseamseal Tub and Tile Adhesive Caulk, 5.5-Ounce Tube, White
  • Used for Painting Supplies Abrasives & Surface Preparation
  • This product is Manufactured in United States
  • Use for sealing around bathtubs, sinks, shower stalls, tiles and plumbing fixtures
  • Excellent adhesion to ceramic, porcelain, glass, fiberglass composites, enamel, aluminum, stainless steel, wood, many plastics and wallboard
  • Contains mildewcide - cured caulk will resist mold and mildew growth
  • Permanently flexible and durable for a long lasting, professional finish
  • 5.5-Fluid ounce tube


# 2 - Ge Supreme 100% Silicone 30 Min. Water-ready Caulk, 10.1 Oz Cartridge, White

One-hour shower ready. 10-year mold-free product protection caulk, with regular cleaning for kitchens, baths, and plumbing applications. Builds adhesion quickly and can withstand water one hour after application. Typical uses: showers, tubs, sinks, tile countertops, fixtures, and other plumbing applications. Adheres to: most ceramic tile, laminate, glass, metal, plastic/fiberglass, and granite.

  • This product is highly durable
  • The product is manufactured in United States
  • The product is easy to use


# 3 - General Electric Ge360 Kitchen And Bath Silicone I Caulk, 2.8-ounce, Clear

GE Silicone I Kitchen & Bath – Permanently Waterproof - Caulk that keeps water out is a necessity in kitchen, bathroom and plumbing applications. GE Silicone I* Kitchen & Bath caulk is permanently waterproof and it will not shrink, crack, or crumble over time like acrylic. Silicone chemically cures while acrylic is water-based (it simply dries as water escapes). Some acrylics can shrink up to 25 percent, leaving gaps and cracks for water to seep through. Those leaks can lead to water damage and mold growth. Why 100 percent silicone? Unlike acrylic, silicone is permanently: Waterproof—Acrylic breaks down in water…

  • Permanently waterproof
  • 100% Silicone
  • Typical Uses: Showers, tubs, sinks, tile, countertops and fixtures
  • Adheres to: Most ceramic tile, laminate, porcelain, glass, metal, plastic, granite and wood
  • Meets federal specifications: TT-S-00230C; TT-S-001543A/ASTM C-920, Type-S, NS Class 25, use NT, M, G, A & O test requirements


# 4 - Allway Tool Ct31 3 In 1 Caulk Tool

ALLWAY TOOL CT31 3 In 1 Caulk Tool

  • The product is 3 in 1 caulk tool
  • Easy and simple use kit
  • The product is manufactured in china


# 5 - Dap 18032 White Kwik-seal All-purpose Caulk 10.1-ounce

Dap 18032 White Kwik-Seal All-Purpose Caulk 10.1-Ounce

  • Dapkwik seal kitchen & bath adhesive caulk, white, 10.1 oz. - 556927
  • This is highly durable
  • This is manufactured in United states
  • Flexible, paintable, all-purpose caulk professionals trust for an easy to apply, long-lasting seal
  • Flexible tub and tile caulk
  • White
  • 11 oz