How to remove silicone caulk from a laminate counter

Updated February 21, 2017

You finally completed the kitchen countertop project. You installed new laminate countertops, a backsplash and knobs on your kitchen cabinets. Everything is perfect except for the silicone caulk you forget to wipe off while installing the sink in your laminate countertop. You attempted to remove the caulk with a butter knife, but the knife bent. Scraping alone will not remove the caulk---you need some vinegar to help break it up.

Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into a bowl. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands.

Dip a scrub pad into the vinegar. Do not wring out the excess vinegar.

Apply the vinegar to the silicone caulk by shaking the scrub pad over the caulk.

Scrub the silicone caulk vigorously with the scrub pad.

Use a putty knife to gently scrape the silicone caulk from the laminate countertop. Pull the caulk with your fingers as you scrape.

Redip the scrub pad in the vinegar and scrub the silicone caulk until all fragments of the caulk have been removed.

Dampen a clean cloth or towel with warm water, and wipe the area where the caulk was.


If you have a lot of silicone caulk to remove, work in sections. Scrape the silicone caulk gently with a putty knife---do not dig into the countertop or caulking.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Latex gloves
  • Scrub pad
  • Putty knife
  • Clean cloth or towel
  • Warm water
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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.