Re-Caulking Your Bathroom

When it comes to modern bathtubs, and entire bathrooms, caulk is king. It’s vital for sealing the grout lines between your wall and tub, preventing mold and mildew, minimizing leaks and more. This is why keeping caulk in mint condition is so important. From time to time, caulk will crack, and it needs to be replaced. To help you know when and how to handle this bathroom renovation, here’s a look at signs it’s time to re-caulk; specific areas to be on guard about; and tips for how to caulk bathtubs, sinks and other areas well.

Notorious Problem Areas

Major bathroom problem areas for caulk damage are places that are regularly wet: e.g., corners, edges, bases and other parts of the shower/tub, stand-alone shower or sink where water always hits. In the shower/tub, for example, you’ll usually spot issues along the seal between the tub and the wall. In the stand-alone shower, you might see caulk damage along the floor where the tile meets the wall.

Signs it’s Time to Caulk Again

Whenever you notice bathroom caulk is showing serious signs of damage, it’s time to do something. Whether you’re talking about caulk on the tub or bathroom vanities, key warning signs include:

  • Cracks
  • Discoloring
  • Shrinking caulk
  • Black mildew stains in the caulk

When any of these problems occur, your best bet is to remove the damaged caulk, remove any mildew/mold damage, and start again.

How to Re-Caulk

When you know you have a problem to fix, here are the simple steps to treating caulk damage:

  1. Remove old caulk. Don’t skip this step and apply new caulk on top of old caulk! It is much harder to get caulk to meld with existing, damaged caulk than it is to put it on a fresh surface. There are several methods you can use to remove old caulk, including scraping it with a razor blade, softening it with a specially designed caulk product, or a combination of the two. You need to get the old caulk fully removed before moving to any of the additional steps.
  2. Clean the area. Use a bleach solution to get rid of any mold/mildew damage lurking beneath the old caulk, and use a cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe off the area after that. You want a fully cleaned, smoothed area to which you’ll apply new caulk.
  3. Apply new caulk carefully. Use a high-quality caulking gun to apply new caulk to the area you’re repairing. You can use either latex (easier to apply, cleans easily) or silicone (harder to apply, harder to remove). If you’re worried about messing up, feel free to put down tape, like you would when painting, to expose only the areas that should be caulked. Wipe the tip of the tube after each application.
  4. Clean and smooth the new caulk. Check for any extra splotches of caulk remaining here and there, and smooth them out with a wet finger, wiping your finger clean after each touch-up. Caulk sets quickly, so you’ll need to work fast. If it has already dried by the time you realize a mistake, use a razor blade to cut off excess.

A clean and mold-free bathroom is worth the extra trouble that re-caulking requires. Use the tips above to caulk bathroom sinks, the shower, the tub or wherever you need repairs. When you properly remove and replace caulk in the bathroom, you set yourself up for years of better protection from water damage.

If you have questions about bathroom renovation and the products we offer, contact Modern Bathroom today!

How To Create An Eco-Friendly Bathroom



Ready for some good news? The healing and restoration of Earth’s environment is not only possible, it is happening in many areas:
  • Bald eagles, giant pandas and manatees are no longer listed as endangered
  • The world’s population of blue whales is rebounding
  • Since the world ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the hole in the ozone layer is nearly gone
  • World carbon dioxide emissions are leveling out, despite a growing economy
  • Water consumption in the U.S. is trending down, even as the population grows
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that America’s air quality is steadily and measurably improving

None of these environmental victories would be possible without the concern and dedicated action not only of governments, but of ordinary people. The choices we make in our own homes and our purchasing behavior really do make a difference.

Next time you consider a bathroom remodel, why not make it a green one? Eco-friendly bathroom fixtures, accessories and construction materials contribute to a healthier planet and a healthier home. Here are some things to consider:

The Water-Smart Bathroom

Saving water is one of the easiest things you can do to go green, and it saves money, too — by lowering your sewer and water bills.

There are many ways to save water in a bathroom. Since toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s total water consumption, let’s start there.

Green toilets are fast becoming standard in many areas. But don’t worry — “green” doesn’t refer to the color, but to the low-flow toilet technology that uses up to one-third of a gallon of less water per flush than the federally mandated standard. Installing a high-efficiency toilet could save you $2,200 over the lifetime of the unit.

Another way to build a better toilet is to use only the amount of water that is needed per flush. This is true of dual-flush toilets, such as the TOTO Aqua II. These eco-friendly toilet units allow the user to select full flush for solids, or a light flush when less water is needed.

Installing a low-flow toilet is just one way to save water in the bathroom. Why not match your green toilet with an equally green sink? Again, this is no reference to color. We’ll address the sink bowl itself later, but for now, let’s talk water savings.

One of the easiest ways to conserve water in your bathroom sink is by installing a high-efficiency bathroom sink faucet and/or aerator. These units are specially engineered to use less water to deliver a satisfying, high-pressure stream, so your family and guests will never realize they’re getting the job done with less. Water-smart bathtub faucets and water-saving showerheads are also readily available in many styles to suit any taste in bathroom décor.

Want to take your water savings to the next level? Consider a motion-sensor faucet, such as TOTO’s line of EcoPower Sensor faucets. These run only when needed, and eliminate the possibility of someone accidentally leaving the water running — great for families with kids!

The Energy-Efficient Bathroom

When you save water, you’re also saving energy, since it takes electricity to pump water to your home. That’s a boon to your water provider, but your eco-friendly bathroom will let you save on your own electric bill, too.

The easiest way to reduce your bathroom’s power consumption is to install energy-saving LED bulbs. Whether you have overhead bathroom light fixtures or vanity lamps, your LEDs will use 75 percent less electricity than standard incandescents, and last 25 times longer, too.

Another must for your eco-friendly bathroom is an energy-efficient vent fan. Not only will it reduce your energy use, but a high-performing fan will discourage mold growth for a cleaner, healthier indoor environment. High-efficiency fans also typically last longer and operate more quietly than conventional ones.

Sustainable Materials in the Bathroom

Finally, let’s consider the materials that go into building your bathroom.

Eco-friendly vanities and sinks are made from sustainable materials. These can include recycled materials, sustainably harvested wood, and natural or organic materials.

Whatever color you choose to paint your green bathroom, pay attention to the paint itself. These days it is easy to find low- or no-VOC, nontoxic paint. This will help keep your indoor air quality at acceptably healthy levels by reducing or eliminating off-gassing of volatile organic compounds.

If you have to tear out walls or refinish woodwork for your bathroom remodel, be aware that homes built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. Remodeling can release highly toxic lead dust into your home. Be sure to follow lead safe procedures when doing remodel work on older homes; and if you hire a contractor, use an EPA-certified renovator.

How Can Modern Bathroom Assist in Making Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly?

Whether you are looking for the best water-saving toilet or the perfect eco-friendly sink to suit your taste and budget, we’re glad to assist.

We stock dozens of environmentally friendly bathroom items in many styles — from economy to deluxe models. To find them, simply enter “Yes” in the search key under “eco-friendly” when searching for any of our bathroom products. If you ever have questions or need assistance in selecting the right green bathroom products for your needs, feel free to contact us here. We’re more than happy to help!

Bathroom Remodel Checklist: Top 8 Items

Planning a bathroom renovation? Ready to upgrade an old-fashioned space to a more modern look? Here’s the thing: Whether you’re putting in a double vanity or installing a new glass shower enclosure, it’s all too easy to let little details slip through the cracks. To avoid making mistakes that will call for more renovations later, you’ve got to think strategically about your remodeling tasks. With that in mind, from changing the vanity style to overhauling the entire space, use this checklist to help cover your bases:

  1. Set your budget. One of the biggest problems homeowners run into with remodeling projects is unexpected costs. Determine upfront how much you can afford to spend. Then, add an extra 10 to 15 percent, at least, to account for unexpected expenses that may arise.
  2. Shop around. Once you know your budget, you can start shopping contractor costs and/or features like popular bathroom sinks, faucets, tiles and other fixtures. Sticking to your intended cost limits, select the products that work for you — and use Modern Bathroom to find some of the best prices in the industry on everything from tubs to sinks!
  3. Get permits. Will you need building, electrical or plumbing permits for your project? Find out upfront and obtain whatever necessary.
  4. Schedule your tasks. Will you be remodeling from the ground up, or are you mainly changing a few small features? Whether you’re adding single-hole bathroom faucets or replacing tile, know exactly what you need to do, and schedule accordingly. Just like you budget financial costs, budget how much time your project should take.
  5. Take “before” photos. Right before work starts, be sure to take some photos to memorialize the way the bathroom looked. Afterward, when the project is done, you’ll love being able to compare.
  6. Do prep work. If you’re hiring a contractor, create a prep area for him or her by clearing space where tools and gear can go. Likewise, clean out the bathroom of all toiletries, grooming products, etc., and create a temporary replacement area for your household to use while work is underway.
  7. Communicate. If you have a contractor doing the work, connect often to see how things are going and find out about any hiccups that may be causing issues.
  8. Inspect the work. Regularly check in to see how the work is going and, if you spot any problems, address them before they can grow into bigger ones.

Whether you’re managing the renovation yourself or hiring a contractor, following a renovation checklist can help you avoid typical problems. While the process may seem involved before and during work, the rewards after completion will make it all worthwhile. Make the most of your renovation project by following the above checklist of tasks! Likewise, to find the best prices on bathroom features, Modern Bathroom can help. Browse our website to find the perfect vanitysinkfaucet or something else for your bathroom.

Enlarging Spaces: 5 Smart Ways To Use Mirrors In The Bathroom


When it comes to small bathrooms, mirrors may be game changers. Because of the way they bounce light and expand the sense of space in a room, bathroom mirrors can make a dramatic difference in how small or large a bathroom feels. With this in mind, what are specific ways to use mirrors to enhance square footage? Here’s a look at five ideas for making the best use of bathroom mirrors, no matter what the size of your space:
  1. Go big. Instead of going with small bathroom mirrors above bathroom sinks, pick models that are bigger. Choose a mirror that stretches all the way from the floor to the ceiling, for example. If you have double sinks, opt for one huge mirror that extends across both rather than small twin mirrors that break up the effect.
  2. Match the window. If one side of the bathroom has a window, consider hanging a mirror across from that window, on the opposite side of the room. The mirror will bounce natural light into the room, reflect views to the outdoors, and create the illusion of twin windows in the same space.
  3. Pair them. When you can’t put a mirror across from a window, try putting it across from another mirror. Two mirrors opposite each other can encourage the illusion of an endless space. In any case, always position a mirror across from something pleasant to look at (artwork, tile walls a window), rather than less-attractive parts of the space — like the commode.
  4. Make a mirror wall. Is there an open wall that you could turn into a mirror? As a design element in your bathroom, a mirror wall can expand and brighten the room’s overall look. Because it extends the full height of the room, it can make the space feel taller. Try framing the mirror with trim to make it clear that it’s a mirror and not part of a fun house, or consider using a collection of different-sized mirrors for a sort of gallery wall.
  5. Make it a focal point. Whether it’s through a beautiful frame, a unique style or a striking shape, try to make your bathroom mirror more eye-catching. Place it behind a light source to magnify the illumination effect in the room. When a mirror becomes a focal point, it draws the eye to the most expansive, light-catching part of the room, enhancing its sense of space.

To make the most of a small bathroom, start with the mirrors. Use the five tips above to strategically place and use your mirrors in a way that brightens and enlarges your room. When you’re looking for the best in bathroom fixtures for your modern bath, come to Modern Bathroom. As the Internet’s leading provider of bathroom vanities and bath accessories, we’re your resource for everything from showers to mirrors — and at factory-direct prices that can save you up to 70 percent of typical costs.

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Shower Doors: Glass Adds Class To Bathroom Remodel

If you are working on a bathroom remodel and wondering what a true “must-have” is, here’s a tip: For a trendy shower remodel with some surefire staying power, consider adding glass shower doors. Moving away from an old-school shower curtain to the sleek and modern look of glass doors is a popular remodeling choice today — and with good reason. Glass doors expand the sense of space in the bathroom, they come in a variety of designs, and they cut down on water spills and maintenance work.

Benefits of Using Glass Doors

Many modern bathroom designers are taking advantage of this bathroom feature because it’s a smart choice. To demonstrate the value of adding glass doors to your shower, here’s a look at some top benefits that come from adding glass shower doors to your bath:

  • A Larger Bathroom Feel: Because glass doors elongate the look of your room rather than boxing off part of the space, they can create a larger, longer feel for the whole room. There’s more room for light to bounce throughout the space, and you enjoy a more spacious, comfortable design.
  • Showcased Shower Design: Let’s face it: The custom tile or stonework in your shower is too beautiful to hide. So instead of tucking it behind a shower curtain, use glass doors that let everyone get the full effect.
  • Versatility: Because glass shower doors come in a variety of sizes and shapes, they can work in a wide range of bathroom designs. Whether your bathroom style is modern or traditional, you can find something that works for you. Likewise, you get to choose from small panels, doors, frosted glass, clear glass and more.
  • Low Maintenance: While shower curtains tend to trap moisture, glass panels are easy to wipe, preventing the accumulation of mold and mildew. A low-maintenance bathroom feature that’s as beautiful as it is resilient? That’s a feature you can’t help but love.
  • Less Water Spillage: Another big perk of glass doors is that they fully enclose the shower so that water can’t spill out onto the nearby floors and fixtures like it does with standalone showers. Keeping water inside the shower where it belongs helps you avoid unnecessary spillage and messes throughout your space.
  • Reduced Slip-and-Fall Area: Shower doors minimize wet floors. The less wet the floor in your space, the less chance that someone will accidentally slip and fall.

From easier maintenance to increased safety, glass shower doors are a bathroom feature with a lot to offer! So when you’re wondering how to up the value of your bathroom with a remodeling project, consider working this attractive, streamlined shower option into your new space.

Finding Glass Doors at Modern Bathroom

At Modern Bathroom, we offer a variety of shower doors/enclosures in our online catalog, all at factory-direct prices and with free shipping. What’s more, thanks to our 110 percent money-back guarantee, we’ll refund 110 percent of the difference if you find the same product anywhere else for a lower price within 30 days of your purchase. Search our website to learn more about our top brands, or contact us today with any questions.