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How to clean silicone caulk off laminate counters

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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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.

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.

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

Tip

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.

Warning

Be careful when using commercial caulk removers; they are not safe for all types of surfaces.

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Abaigeal Quinn works as an international entertainment broker in the United States. She is a former news editor and insurance agent who began writing for a daily newspaper in 1995.

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