How to Remove Silcone Caulk Residue

Updated February 21, 2017

Silicone caulk is a rubber compound most commonly used as a sealant for various projects. Its primary purposes include general bonding and mending of materials like glass, plastics, metals and fabrics. Silicone caulk is known to be flexible, as well as watertight and airtight. Though generally easy to use, removing the substance can pose a challenge, especially if it has already dried to a surface. Consider a simple method of effectively removing silicone caulk residue.

Purchase a general purpose adhesive solvent that you can safely apply to the affected area. Most available brands at supermarkets and home improvement stores are fit for virtually all household surfaces.

Read the instructions on the product label for proper application of the solvent. Verify whether you should apply it directly onto to the silicone residue or onto a cloth first.

Allow the solvent to soften the residue for the instructed period of time. This usually takes anywhere from a few seconds to one minute.

Loosen the softened silicone caulk with a plastic scraper until you have lifted it from the surface completely. Apply more of the solvent if any stubborn film persists.

Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive solvent
  • Plastic scraper
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