How do you clean up silicone caulk?

by Jason C   Last Updated July 11, 2019 16:21 PM - source

How do you clean up silicone caulk?

The product label doesn't have clean up instructions. It is impervious to soap and water (even that orange pumice soap). I didn't have much luck with mineral spirits or xylol either.

Is there any way to clean it off of surfaces besides waiting for it to cure then scraping it off?

Answers 3

silicone is only soluble in few solvents, mostly modified methylsiloxanes. you can buy commercially available silicone solvents at most big box stores, but if you cant find them, they are here: (this is the one we use - less agressive but doesn't dissolve acrylics)

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March 06, 2016 02:05 AM

while still wet, denatured alcohol will work.

March 06, 2016 21:14 PM

Just wanted to weigh in here on removing wet silicone or cleaning up dry silicone residue. I'm not a professional, even though my family calls me the Caulk Queen, so take what I say as just coming from an experienced amateur. I have done a TON of caulking, drywall, painting, etc. over the years and yes, silicone caulk is a pain-where-the-sun-don't -shine, but it stays in place better than anything else. YET, if you got messy putting it on or you just need to clean up a bit afterwards, you could use plain old Rubbing Alcohol. Don't get me wrong, it won't REMOVE dried silicone caulk, but if its still wet it will help to remove it from your hands and any surfaces you got it on by mistake and if you're removing dried silicone caulk its good for cleaning up the little bit of dried residue left behind, but you may need to let it sit on the residue for a few minutes And while I'm giving away my 'trade secrets' LOL, I am also an artist and have done a few murals. I prefer to use acrylic or latex paints. Often I will need to clean up paint and have found that Rubbing Alcohol again comes to the rescue, even on dried acrylic or latex paint and even from clothing after it is dried. AND that means it also works on aceylic or latex caulk! WOW! The wonders of Rubbing Alcohol! Who knew?! Hope this helps someone! Happy Caulking Gentlemen!

July 11, 2019 15:56 PM

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