How to Remove Excess Silicone From Granite Counter Tops

Written by misty rodriguez
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Silicone caulk is far more durable than acrylic caulk, and that's why it's often used around bathtubs and sinks. Silicone caulk holds up well in moist environments. When caulking around a sink, it's important to be careful and not spread the silicone where it's not needed. However, if you happen to accidentally spread the silicone caulk a little too far on your granite counter, there's no need to worry. If cleaned up promptly, there is a good chance that you can remove all of the excess silicone and maintain the beauty of your investment.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Razor blade
  • #0000 super fine steel wool pad
  • Granite cleaner
  • Granite polish
  • Safety gloves

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  1. 1

    Wipe down your granite counter top with a microfiber cloth and warm water. You want to remove any dirt or residue that has built up so you can concentrate on removing the silicone.

  2. 2

    Fill a spray bottle with denatured alcohol. Spray a generous amount of the alcohol over the affected area, making sure to completely soak the excess silicone. This helps dissolve the silicone.

  3. 3

    Use a razor blade to scrape away the silicone. This may require some hard scraping, which is fine because granite is a tough stone. Continue scraping until the majority of the excess silicone is removed. Wipe away the remnants with a microfiber cloth.

  4. 4

    Scrub the rest of the silicone away with a #0000 super fine steel wool pad. You may need to spray the granite with denatured alcohol again to achieve optimal results.

  5. 5

    Apply granite cleaner to the counter top, and wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Polish the counter with granite polish, and buff it with a clean microfiber cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear safety gloves to protect your hands.
  • Try to clean up the excess silicone as soon as possible. It's very difficult to remove after it has set in.
  • Avoid using hard scrub brushes or harsh chemicals on your granite counter top.

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