If the walls in your home have been treated with a fire retardant, they will prevent a fire from spreading and smoke from developing inside of your dwelling. If any gaps are present around your home's windows, remove old caulk and apply fire barrier caulk around them to prevent drafts from entering your home and to further protect your residence from damage associated with fires.
- putty knife
- razor blade
- all-purpose cleaning spray
- rubbing alcohol
- lint-free cloths
- caulk gun
- fire barrier caulk
Remove The Existing Caulk
Wipe the surface of the existing caulk with a damp sponge. The moisture will slightly soften the caulk and make it easier to remove. Pry the caulk away from each window with a putty knife. After the majority of the caulk has been removed, remove any small fragments that remain with a razor blade. Hold the end of the blade at an angle as you insert its sharp edge under the caulk.
Once all traces of the caulk have been eliminated, apply all-purpose cleaning spray around each window. Wipe the spray with a damp sponge to loosen any residue that remains. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a lint-free cloth. Wipe over the areas that were treated with the cleaning spray. Dry the clean areas with a dry cloth.
Apply Fire Barrier Caulk
Press the button on the back of a caulk gun to release the plunger. Pull the plunger back, away from the gun. Insert a tube of fire barrier caulk in the gun's middle cavity. Push the plunger back into the gun. Line the tip of the gun up with the outer edge of one of the windows. Press the trigger to release the caulk. Move the gun around the perimeter of the window as you apply the caulk in a straight, even line.
Smooth the caulk out with a putty knife. Flattening the caulk out in this manner will help the caulk adhere properly and dry faster. Apply the caulk around the remaining windows in the same manner. The caulk will take a few hours to dry.
Keep The Caulk Protected
The caulk will help keep your home draft-free and will provide fire protection for several years. When cleaning around the windows, use a non-abrasive cleaning spray and a damp cloth to keep the caulk protected from damage. After you have finished cleaning, dry around each window with a lint-free cloth.
For professional help with this project, contact local contractors, such as Walser Contracting Ltd Concrete Cutting.