How to Remove Silicone Grease

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How to Remove Silicone Grease
Silicone lubricants are often used in heavy industry. (old elevating cranes image by Aliaksandr Zabudzko from

Silicone grease, or silicone lubricants, are used in a variety of situations---typically where there is electricity involved---such as the automotive industry or the appliance industry. Silicone grease is made from silica oil and mixed with other components to give it a lubricating effect without disturbing the electrical currents that need to run through the lubricant. Removing this type of lubricant is similar to removing other sorts of lubricants. Make sure the silicone grease does not get heated to more than 148 degrees C because it begins to emit formaldehyde vapours, which cause cancer.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Hot water
  • Sponge or old cloth
  • Bucket

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  1. 1

    Mix 1/8 cup mild dish detergent into ½ gallon hot water. You do not need to boil the water, but make sure it is the hottest water possible out of the tap. Mix the solution in a bucket.

  2. 2

    Put on rubber gloves and drop the sponge or old cloth into the cleaning solution. Wring out as much excess solution as possible.

  3. 3

    Scrub the silicone grease until it is removed. This may require rinsing the sponge or old cloth several times and scrubbing the lubricant.

  4. 4

    Rinse the area with clean hot water and allow the area to air dry after mopping up all excess water with the sponge or old cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use dry cleaning solvents to remove silicone grease.
  • Flush eyes with cool water if the silicone lubricant gets in the eyes. Do not inhale or ingest silicone lubricants.

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