It’s a fairly common occurrence for the caulking in your sink to dry out, crack, and grow mold and mildew. If the caulking around your bathroom sink is starting to look like a science experiment gone terribly, terribly wrong, now is probably the right time to consider caulking.

Why apply new caulking, anyway?

Well, for starters, caulking is necessary to keep your sink sealed. New caulk will also give your sink a brand-new appearance – an added bonus to the practical value. And, caulking the sink yourself is something you can do – with the right tools and a little know-how.

Okay, so how do I do it?

When you get ready to apply new caulk to your sink, the first thing you’ll need to do is get rid of the grungy, old caulking first. Don’t use chemical caulk remover – the corrosive properties might destroy your sink or countertop, depending on the type. Instead, use a utility knife to gently remove the old caulk, taking care not to scratch your countertops or sinks.

Then, give the entire area a thorough cleaning. You don’t want to leave any grunge behind! And, if mold or mildew was present, you’ll definitely need to disinfect. Get into the hard to reach crevices with toothpicks and cotton swabs soaked in disinfectant. This step is crucial – any mold left behind could infest the new caulking. Rubbing alcohol works best; bleach is another choice – use one part bleach to three parts water.

Next, you’ll want to trim the tip of your caulk tube at an angle for best application. Using an even amount of pressure, follow the edge of the sink as you bead the caulking along the sink. Don’t be in a hurry – fill the seams slowly and evenly, and avoid using excess caulk.

Finish seamlessly by dipping your finger in a mixture of dish soap and water, and running it evenly along the caulk to smooth it out.

Then, take a rest – and give your sink one, too. Don’t use it for 24 hours following the caulking. Why? Obviously, this gives the new caulk time to cure, and prevents the new caulk from any water damage. When the 24 hours is up, your newly caulked sink is ready to use.

If you need help with your caulking project, turn to the experts at Fahy Kitchens & Baths. Give us a call at (315) 735-8181 or fax to (315) 735-2829. Fahy Kitchens & Baths is located at 1908 Oriskany Street West in Utica, N.Y. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated.