How to Remove Silicone Sealant From Hands

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Silicone sealant, or caulk, is commonly used to bond or hide joints in bathrooms, kitchens and other plumbing or tile fixtures. It is a highly effective adhesive that prevents leaks, water damage and rusting. Removing silicone sealant from your hands after a messy project may seem difficult, but a common household product can help. Nail polish removers that contain acetone are the safest solution to quickly remove silicone from skin.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soap and water
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton pad

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands with soap and warm water two to three times to soften the residue. Carefully peel off any loose pieces to ease the removal.

  2. 2

    Prepare a ventilated area and dampen a cotton pad with nail polish remover. Make sure it contains acetone, which is the chemical that will dissolve the silicone.

  3. 3

    Rub the nail polish remover onto the affected areas until the silicone begins to loosen. Roll off the residue with your fingers to help the process along.

  4. 4

    Rinse your hands with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth once the sealant has been completely removed. Apply a moisturiser to the area, as acetone can be safely applied to the skin but does tend to cause dryness.

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