How to Remove Excess Caulk

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Water

  • Sponges

  • Razor blade


If the dried caulk is thick, you may need to scrape several layers off of the top before you start to scrape it at the edge.

You don't have to be a professional to learn how to use caulk.

Caulking is done to fill in gaps between two objects, such as a wall and a bathtub. It is difficult to judge how much caulk is needed in some spaces and sometimes too much caulk can be used. The excess caulk will seep out of the space, causing the caulking job to look unattractive. You can remove excess caulk whether the caulk is still wet or it has already dried.

Wet Caulk

Step 1

Fill a bucket with warm water.

Step 2

Wet the sponge in the bucket of water and remove it.

Step 3

Wipe the excess caulk with the sponge. Start at one end of where the excess caulk begins and work your way to the other end.

Step 4

Rinse the sponge in the water and continue to wipe the area where the excess caulk is until no more caulk remains.

Dried Caulk

Step 1

Scrape the dried excess caulk with a razor blade. Start at one edge and continue to scrape until all of the excess caulk is removed.

Step 2

Wet a sponge under a running faucet. You do not need to soak the sponge--just dampen it.

Step 3

Wipe the area where the excess caulk was, with the wet sponge, to ensure that you removed all of the residue.


Stormy Lee

Stormy Lee has been writing professionally since 1997. Many of her articles appear online at various websites. Lee specializes in writing education-related articles and has experience in proofreading and writing reviews for schools in Palm Beach County. Lee holds a master's degree in education from Florida Atlantic University.