Replacement of caulk becomes inevitable in case its effectiveness is relinquished. The old substance needs to be replaced before applying the new one. Here are some tips how to remove latex caulk residue:
Softening the caulk with the aid of heat or chemicals
While removing new latex caulk happens to be much easy, old caulk is very hard and it is a prerequisite that it should be softened with an eye to removing the same. This can be accomplished with the aid of heat, vinegar, chemicals, heat.
If you are willing to remove silicone caulk, commercial caulk remover should be your choice. You should apply the same along with the caulk line and let it stick for several hours.
For removing water-based caulk, the caulk should be soaked in saturated rags for a duration of 72hours with an eye to softening the caulk perfectly.
Cut the caulk with the aid of blade
You should be using a small razor blade for cutting through each end of caulk which in turn exposes the edges of the caulk. You can accomplish the same by slicing the same from one end to the other.
Pulling out the caulk out by using hand
You should pull out the exposed end of caulk as much as possible towards the remaining end of caulk with an eye to lifting it out.
Scrape the remaining part of caulk
You should be using a glass scraper or a knife for scraping out the rest of the caulk. It is recommended that a scraper should be held at a shallow and flat angle with an eye to avoiding scratching the surface.
Pulling out the caulk with the aid of needle-nose pliers
If it is not possible to scrape some of the caulk, a needle-nose plier should be used for picking and pulling out the remaining junk.
Removing the remaining caulk
The end of hook of a five-in-one tool of painter should be used for scraping the rest of caulk.