Caulking is among those few methods that are used in toilets to fill up gaps between the floor and base either for preventing odor leakage or cosmetic purposes. Remember that it cannot prevent water leakage around the toilet’s base as things may go worse than being good. However, if preparations have been done properly, things may get better over time. Once caulk is added, don’t forget to clean it in order to ensure subtle and even seal.
After successfully working on toilet installation, homeowners should not forget to work on caulking as well. It is recommended to get it done right away before anything could happen. So now, let’s begin with the process.
- Surface Preparation for Caulking
Start by removing old caulk with the help of the right tools so that new caulk can be applied properly. Use the tool along the joint between the floor and toilet to ensure that there is no old caulk left in the area. Homeowners should never try to do it on their own as it may cause damage to the toilet or the surrounding area. It is, therefore, necessary to appoint an expert who has all skills and tools to get it done properly.
- Cleaning of Toilet Base
Once the joint is cleaned, the next step is to clear the surrounding area, especially the toilet’s base. Make sure there are no paint chips, rust or dirt. A bathroom cleaner can be used for this purpose after which, rubbing alcohol should be applied to disinfect the area.
- Applying Masking Tape on the Floor
This step is quite straightforward- it is responsible to provide a smooth and clear seal as it can prevent caulk from falling on the floor. The rule of thumb is to apply masking tape on both sides of the joint- one along the floor and other on the toilet base. However, if someone isn’t sure about their efficiency, it’s better to apply another layer on either side for better protection of the floors.
- Application of New Caulk
After successfully removing old caulk and securing the floor, it’s time to apply the new caulk. Experts suggest to go for 100% silicone caulk because it offers better resistance from water as compared to other alternatives, especially acrylic. Although it is a bit costly, it’s benefits are worth the money as it can last longer than the rest.
- Tooling and Cleaning the Sealant
After applying a new layer of caulk, don’t forget to scoop off excess material with a finger. This way, there will be a cleaner and sealed joint that can prevent problems from occurring again. To clean the finger, dip it into rubbing alcohol or water and gently rub it to clean the residues.
This is just a basic overview of the whole caulking process that needs to be done to treat the problems. If someone wants to get more information of the installation of toilet, then it’s recommended to consult with the experts who possess extensive knowledge to guide properly.