How to clean silicone caulk off laminate counters

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Sometimes the delight over a new counter or sink installation can quickly disappear into horror with the realisation there are ugly, dried-on caulk blobs spoiling the appearance of your new countertop. Silicone caulking stuck on a laminate countertop is often difficult to remove, especially without scratching the polished surface of your counter. Luckily, there are a few commercial products available that, coupled with a bit of elbow grease, can help remove a caulking blunder without causing any damage.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Gelled silicone caulk remover
  • Plastic razor blade
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Mild detergent

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spread a gelled silicone caulk remover such as "Silicone-Be-Gone" over the area on the laminate countertop and let sit to soften, following the manufacturer's instructions.

  2. 2

    Use a damp microfiber cloth to rub the area in small circular rotations to remove the caulking. Use a plastic razor blade to remove any residual caulk left behind by the cloth.

  3. 3

    Repeat the process, if needed. Wash the countertop with a mild detergent and water to remove any residue from the caulk remover.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase a gelled silicone caulk remover such as "Silicone-Be-Gone" from the hardware store.
  • If you do not have access to a silicone remover, use white spirit and tape a piece of waxed paper over it to keep it from evaporating before softening the caulking. Leave on for several hours.
  • Find plastic razor blades in the detailing section of many automobile parts stores.
  • Be careful when using commercial caulk removers; they are not safe for all types of surfaces.

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