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jedispork 05-09-2011 02:16 PM

Replacing trim where linoleum meets tub
 
I have a fairly new home. The bathroom trim is all wood and the stuff around the bottom of the tub is ruined. Worse yet none of this was caulked by the builder either. So I've tore off the trim around the tub which was nailed down. Lots of black dirt down there from my gf washing the dogs paws in the tub and mildew. I've been cleaning it the best I could with a putty knife and vinegar but the edge of the sub flooring under the linoleum is stained black. The side of the tub where no one gets in or out looks ok.

The gap looks a bit large to cover with caulk but I was going to try that first and then after that dries use plastic trim and caulk around that. However if the caulk covers the gap I wonder if it would be better not to use any trim at all at the bottom of the tub.

This has been bugging me for a while but I'm not that handy. Any other tips to do this properly?

thanks!

Ron6519 05-09-2011 03:03 PM

After you're sure you got all the mold and it's dry, you can apply a small composite molding to the floor. Silicone the tub to the molding and the molding to the floor.
Ron

jedispork 05-09-2011 03:57 PM

thanks. I have been scrubbing this crack with a tooth brush and also shoving paper towels in there and scrapping with a putty knife. The black dirt that comes out seems to be endless. I'm going to give it another go but the only way to get all of this would be to tear everything apart and replace the wood. I don't see signs of mold anywhere else in the room. Just where water has dripped down the tub to the floor.

Hopefully after its dried and caulked I won't have anymore problems. I know that vinegar is one of the best mold killers but you can never get it all. Still bugs me that its there. Seems almost any house I'm in no matter how expensive always has black gunk in bathroom crevices.

Ron6519 05-09-2011 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jedispork (Post 644593)
thanks. I have been scrubbing this crack with a tooth brush and also shoving paper towels in there and scrapping with a putty knife. The black dirt that comes out seems to be endless. I'm going to give it another go but the only way to get all of this would be to tear everything apart and replace the wood. I don't see signs of mold anywhere else in the room. Just where water has dripped down the tub to the floor.

Hopefully after its dried and caulked I won't have anymore problems. I know that vinegar is one of the best mold killers but you can never get it all. Still bugs me that its there. Seems almost any house I'm in no matter how expensive always has black gunk in bathroom crevices.

I thought chlorine based products were used for mold.
Ron

jedispork 05-09-2011 04:29 PM

I've read on several sites that household bleach is a poor mold killer. It can actually turn into food for the mold. Commercial products might be different. I've seen other reports that vinegar is a much better mold killer.

The main objective is to remove as much of the mold as possible and control humidity since you can never get all of it as it grows down into the wood. Mold is often embedded into the wood your house is built with and only needs moisture to activate. Often sanding still leaves mold stains and helps to spread to the rest of the house!

A guy that researches this stuff emailed me a while back and said sometimes after doing a good cleanup you can prevent it from spreading with polyurethane sealers. Kiltz can also turn into mold food.

I'm being hopeful that only this small area that was constantly abused by water is where it is.

dtsman 05-09-2011 04:32 PM

As mentioned above, there are composite (plastic) trim pieces that can be used. Went to google it for you but this item popped up first and thought it might be more for you and the dogs.

http://plumbing.hardwarestore.com/51...g--679985.aspx


Bo

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