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Best Caulk Remover 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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Best Caulk RemoverIn the caulk remover reviews found below, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of ten of the best options on the market. We have spent many hours testing each remover hoping to fill our list with only the most efficient products available.

Remember that a bad caulk remover will waste your time and money. Worst-case scenario, it can even leave behind stains or other unsightly marks on your work surface. You don’t want that.

The caulk removers that made it onto our guide got here on performance and value. That said, read on for some caulk remover reviews!


A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

ModelPriceQuantityEditor Rating
MXY AX-AY-ABHI-94497
small MXY AX-AY-ABHI-94497
(Best Overall)

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4.8 oz.4.95/5
Dap 18026
small Dap 18026
(Best Value)

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5.5 oz.4.85/5
FOLLOWIN
small FOLLOWIN Caulk Stain Cleaner
(Premium Choice)

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16 oz.4.60/5
Goo Gone
small Goo Gone Pro-Power

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24 oz.4.20/5
Crown Tuff
small Crown Tuff

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16 oz.3.60/5

The 10 Best Caulk Remover – 2020

1. MXY Gel Caulk Remover – Best Overall

MXY AX-AY-ABHI-94497

The MXY is a powerful gel-based caulk remover that can be used for a range of applications. Besides stripping a surface of caulk, it can also be used as a general adhesive dissolving agent, or to clean up mold and mildew spots.

The solution is applied via a squeeze bottle. Thanks to the precision tip applicator, it is as easy as possible to ensure that you are treating only the precise area that you are focused on.

Unfortunately, though, the gelatinous consistency of the medium also makes it a little bit challenging to work with, sometimes making it almost impossible to spread the solution over the target area. The gel/application tip is great for accuracy, but you give up workability.

Pros
  • Very accurate
  • Versatile
  • Powerful
Cons
  • Can be difficult to spread

2. Dap Caulk-Be-Gone Caulk Remover – Best Value

Dap 18026

The Dap 18026 is the best caulk remover for the money. Affordable and effective, this dissolving agent will be a good option for the buyer on a budget. The Dap is a fast-acting remover that will start kicking in after just two hours. It is also versatile, able to work either indoors or out.

Unfortunately, a common complaint is that the Dap works too well. Many people are quick to mention that the solution removed their caulk, as well as the glazes, finishes, and adhesives that lay beyond it. While it is hard to say how much of this is because of application errors, it is still something to be on the lookout for.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Fast-acting
  • Indoor/outdoor use
Cons
  • May remove things you don’t want removed

3. FOLLOWIN Caulk Stain Cleaner – Premium Choice

FOLLOWIN Caulk Stain Cleaner

The Followin Caulk Strain cleaner is a fast-acting gel-style product that does well to swiftly address target areas. You can count on your caulk being completely stripped in roughly six to eight hours. Like many of the products on our list, the solution is applied via an easy-to-use precision tip that simplifies the process of addressing only your target area.

You can also use it on mold or mildew spots, making it a good multi-purpose cleaner to keep around the house. However, there is a caveat. Quality comes at a price here: this is one of the more expensive options on our list.

Pros
  • Fast-acting
  • Easy to apply
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Pricey

4. Goo Gone Pro-Power Adhesive Remover

Goo Gone Pro-Power

The Goo Gone Pro is a very moderately priced adhesive remover that will be good for a wide range of applications. In addition to performing well with caulk, it can also reliably treat, mold, mildew, and a host of other stains.

The main issue with this product is that it is only effective to a certain point. It tends to lift the targeted material that you are trying to address but it also leaves behind a good deal of residue. Consequently, you may be left with a decent amount of work on your hands even after you’ve applied the caulk.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Versatile
Cons
  • A good deal of cleanup is required

5. Crown Tuff Strip Ultimate Caulk Remover

Crown Tuff

The Crown Tuff Strip Ultimate is a fast-acting caulk remover that will start showing results in two hours or less. This is a 16-ounce package, which the manufacturer claims is capable of removing up to 47 feet of caulk. With this level of volume, there is a good chance that you will be keeping the Crown Tuff Strip around for a while.

There are two fairly inconvenient issues that you will want to keep in mind. For one thing, the Crown Tuff Strip really struggles with old, dried up caulk. This is especially regrettable because that is often the type of material homeowners are trying to get rid of.

It also leaves behind a lot of residue. You will have a substantial clean up on your hands after applying this product.

Pros
  • Fast-acting
  • Large quantity
Cons
  • Struggles with dried up caulk
  • Leaves behind a lot of residue

6. Motsenbocker’s Lift Off 41116 Silicone Caulk Remover

Motsenbocker's Lift Off 41116

The Motsenbocker’s is certainly one of the easiest-to-use products on our list. The solution is in a spray bottle and can be applied in mere seconds to the target area. Granted, this does often lead to two problems. One, it’s easy to spray areas outside space by accident. Two, liquid solutions require a higher quantity to get the job done.

These things notwithstanding, however, there is still plenty to like. For example, this is an eco-friendly product that is designed to be safe for your home as well as the environment. It is also very versatile and can be used on anything from wood to cast iron.

While the cons associated with this spray are inconvenient, it is still a good easy-to-use product for the average homeowner.

Pros
  • Easy to apply
  • Eco-friendly
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Easy to spray unintended targets
  • Lots of solution is required for effectiveness

7. Motsenbocker’s Lift Off 41145 Silicone Caulk Remover

Motsenbocker’s Lift Off 41145

Like the last Mostenbocker’s product we looked at, the 41145 is an environmentally friendly option that has been optimized to be safe for your home. This solution is suitable for a wide range of surfaces including porcelain, wood, cast iron, and more. It is also a very affordable option that can be applied in seconds thanks to the convenient spray-on application system.

Unfortunately, caulk isn’t the only thing that this product will remove. If you are not extremely careful and precise in your application, you may accidentally remove or damage whatever lies beneath the adhesive you are trying to treat.

Finally, it is also worth mentioning that the chemicals are very pungent. If you are particularly sensitive to smell, you may prefer to look for a different product.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Easy to apply
  • Versatile
  • Environmentally friendly
Cons
  • Very pungent
  • May damage treated area

8. Goof Off FG658 Professional Strength Remover

Goof Off FG658

The Goof Off Professional may well be the most affordable product on our list today. For a low price, you can get a spray-on chemical solution that dissolves adhesives, removes caulk, and even strips stains and crayon marks. It is a good all-purpose cleaner that homeowners of every variety may gravitate towards.

Unfortunately, though, there are limits to its usefulness. It tends to leave behind a residue that most homeowners don’t care for. It also may just struggle with entirely removing an adhesive, requiring you to continuously apply more chemical solution.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Leaves behind residue
  • May struggle to completely remove adhesive

9. Rust-Oleum Krud Kutter Adhesive Remover

Rust-Oleum Krud Kutter 302815

The Rust-Oleam is an affordable spray-on product that will be appropriate for small tasks. If you need to remove a mild adhesive or strip loose caulk, this may be the product that you reach for. Unfortunately, however, application outside of that is quite limited.

It will not work at all on materials that are deeply stuck on. It also leaves behind a good deal of staining, and many people report that they have to use quite a bit of spray just to get the job done.

Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Quite weak
  • Leaves behind residue
  • A great deal of spray is required for small tasks

10. Skylarlife Home Gel Stain Remover Cleaner

Skylarlife Home 8541813562

The Skylarlife Home Stain cleaner is a gel-style unit that is designed for a wide range of applications. In addition to caulk, it can also remove a variety of stains and adhesives.

Versatility aside, however, its performance is heavily weighed down by drawbacks. For one thing, this is a very pungent adhesive remover. The strong smell can be overpowering, especially in smaller spaces like a bathroom.

It also just isn’t very powerful. It may leave behind a lot of adhesive or stain, and a good deal of solution is required to experience results. Ultimately, it is not a bad product, but it does suffer in comparison to many of the other options on our list.

Pros
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Very pungent
  • Not very powerful
  • Leaves behind stains
  • Lots of solution is required

Buyer’s Guide

And now here are some buying considerations that will help you choose the right caulk remover.

Time Frame

Generally speaking, the quicker the remover works, the better off you will be. This is simply for the fact that you generally don’t want to interact with a workspace when the adhesive remover is working its magic. Consequently, the treated area is mostly off-limits until the caulk remover has done its stuff.

The sooner the solution sets in, the sooner your house can get back to business as usual.

Indoor or Outdoor?

Not every caulk remover can be used outdoors. If your work area is outside, you will need to invest in a specialty product that is specifically equipped for the temperatures and testy weather conditions often encountered outdoors.

Application Style

Typically, caulk remover can be applied either via a spray or a gel. Gel is generally more powerful and more accurate but it can also be hard to work with because it is very dense.

The spray style system, on the other hand, is virtually effortless but it can leave behind a big mess. And, because the solution is a runny liquid it often doesn’t have quite as much of an impact as gel caulk. For this reason, you will usually need to use a great deal of it to achieve desired results.

Quantity

As with any cleaning product, the bigger the container, the better the deal you are getting. Even though larger products have a bigger price tag, they also have a much better price per ounce. If you think you will need an adhesive/caulk remover somewhere down the line it may be handy to invest in a large container.

Does it Stain?

Unfortunately, caulk remover can sometimes leave behind a real mess. Several of the products we looked at today even were known for leaving behind a bit of a mess. Naturally, many people will want to avoid this if possible.

Unfortunately, the only way to really know if a product stains is to try it out yourself. Short of that though, guides like this are a really good way to learn about common user complaints.

Conclusion

It’s time to make a final buying decision. Which of these products will be right for you? It ultimately depends on your needs. For example, people looking for one of the most effective adhesive removers on the market no matter the cost may appreciate our top choice, the MXY AX-AY-ABHI-94497 Gel Caulk Remover.

However, buyers on a budget also have good options. If you want a more financially accessible product, consider theDap 18026 Caulk-Be-Gone Caulk Remover.

Ultimately though, all the products on our list will be right for someone. Now that the reviews are done, all you have left to do is decide which is right for you.


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About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!