How To Caulk A Kitchen Backsplash: Detailed Instructions
A kitchen backsplash is an aesthetic as well as practical aspect of any kitchen. For it to fulfil both roles, it needs to be installed in a perfect manner. A major aspect of this is how caulk will be used in fixing the backsplash. There are several detailed issues that should never be overlooked when doing this, or else the backsplash will simply look out of place. Of course, other factors that will have been considered to this point include the size, material, color and pattern of the backsplash. When it comes to installing the caulk, some factors that cannot be overemphasized include:
Using the Correct Type of Caulk
Find out which type of caulk is ideal for the backsplash. This may involve getting in touch with firms that are professionals at installation of caulk for different applications. They are usually experienced with caulk types from different manufacturers and will be in the best position to offer information on what the best is. If not being used to install the backsplash, they can be consulted on which caulk product to use for the best effect possible.
Proper Site Preparation
The region where the backsplash is going to be installed needs to be properly prepared. This involves making sure that the dimensions are correct if the backsplash is being installed for the first time, and that the surrounding material is cut to suit the shape of the backsplash.
When replacing an older backsplash, preparation involves cleaning and wiping down the area, and then ensuring that it’s completely dry. Often, rubbing alcohol has to be used to clean the area to remove all material including all types of glue that may have been used in the previous installation. In such cases, it may be necessary to let the area dry for around 12 hours after cleaning to make sure that all debris is removed and that all the moisture is evaporated from the surface.
Removing the Old Caulk
The caulk surrounding the previous backsplash needs to be removed as thoroughly as possible to create room for the new caulk. A rule of thumb is that new caulk should never be installed over old caulk. Razor blades, utility knives and other items having sharp edges can be used to scrape the old caulk away. For any left over areas, a razor blade can be used to remove the caulking.
Preparing to Place the Caulk
The caulking tube’s tip is cut at a 45 degree angle to make it easy to place the caulk. The cut should not be made close to the end of the tube. The rationale is that the opening should not be too big. After this, masking tape is used to protect surrounding areas where you would not want any caulk to touch. The tape should be precisely placed; it should be even and all edges should be straight.
The caulk is applied at a steady pace around the areas where it’s needed. The thickness should be consistent and as little of the gap as possible should show. This is achieved by applying steady pressure on the caulk tube. Once done, the caulk is smoothed, the masking tape is removed and finishing touches are done before installing the backsplash.