Not too long along I made a few repairs in my bathroom.
Well one of them didn’t last very long. In fact, it’s even worse than before my “repair”.
And to be honest, I kind of figured it would go that way, but thought a $5 bucket of grout to repair it was worth trying.
I guess the grout can’t hold up to the fluctuation in weight that a bathtub goes through. A bathtub full of water and a grown adult certainly weighs more than an empty tub! Perhaps a colored caulk would be a better repair option.
But as I was shopping for supplies for an upcoming webisode of Checking In With Chelsea (look for it January 3rd!), I discovered this caulk strip from Homax(which now goes by Magic)*.
It’s an adhesive strip made exclusively for the joint between flooring and a bathtub. Genius! When applied correctly, it’s waterproof and the adhesive on the back expands and contracts like a quality caulk would.
Basically, you peel the plastic film off and press it onto your tub. Then come back and peel the film off the bottom half and press into the floor. Crack begone!
The directions tell you to apply it and let it sit for 12 hours or so before cutting it to length. I ended up cutting about 2 inches off of mine. So it’s plenty long for any tub!
I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a clean line at the base of the tub now. I feel like I’ve had a crack in the grout longer than non-cracked grout! SUCH an easy fix. And cheap too! This cost me around $5-6. Worth it!
Has anyone else used this caulk strip before? How’d it work for you? If you need it for your tub, I found mine in the caulk aisle!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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Did you have to caulk the top of the strip with a thin coat of caulk to protect water from sitting in between the strip and the tub? I used the strips around the tub and floor to tub and was wondering if it was a good idea to caulk the top seem because the sticky stuff on the back of the strip dont go all the way to the top and will leave water sitting and may cause mildew…. ???
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
I’m not sure about the one going around the tub. Is it the one made for that application? But for the one between tub and floor, I haven’t noticed any sitting water on my strip. I wouldn’t think it would be a problem since this product is made to replace caulks that would mildew.