How to Remove Silicone Oil

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How to Remove Silicone Oil
Cleanup and remove a silicone oil stain by using a few household items. (Сup of tea with drink stain on brown background image by eAlisa from Fotolia.com)

Silicone is a chemical found in laboratories, medical facilities, brewers, restaurants, factories and plants and even in cosmetics. Silicone oil is also used to help prevent deep fryers from splashing or foaming and is ideal for restaurants and fast food establishments that use deep fryers. Silicone is a safe element and is non-toxic but it can irritate the eyes to the point of discomfort. It is water soluble and cannot be removed using heat. However, in the case of restaurants, the silicone oil is diluted. Silicone oil adheres itself to surfaces including fabrics and clothing in which it can then cause stains.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Baby powder
  • Non-bleach dishwashing liquid soap
  • Scrubbing pad or brush
  • Water
  • Clean cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wipe the area or fabric clean using a clean cloth. Make sure there is no dust or debris on the affected area. If the silicone oil is near a deep fryer or hot burner, make sure the burner is turned off before proceeding with the removal.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle baby powder over the silicone oil. You may also apply cornstarch to the affected area. Leave the baby powder or cornstarch on the oil overnight. The power and cornstarch will absorb the oil making cleanup much easier.

  3. 3

    Apply a few drops of non-bleach dishwashing liquid to the oil stain. Allow the dishwashing soap sit on the oil for 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. 4

    Gently scrub the stain using a scrubbing pad or brush. Continue to apply dishwashing liquid and scrub until the oil is completely removed.

  5. 5

    Wipe the remaining detergent and oil with a clean cloth and allow to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • When cleaning silicone oil, it easily redeposits. Avoid doing this with a fan going.

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