Many people use DAP acrylic latex, an acrylic latex product that contains silicone, for interior and exterior caulking projects. DAP manufactures the caulk in a cartridge that fits in a caulking gun. Because the caulk begins to cure within 15 minutes, cleaning it from vinyl floor tile requires that you wipe up any excess caulk before it hardens or remove it once it hardens with a razor blade scraper and/or solvent that can soften or dissolve the material.
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Things you need
- White paper towels
- Trash bag
- Lint-free microfiber cloths
- Sponge (optional)
- Mild detergent
- Nonabrasive scrubbing pad
- Melamine resin foam eraser
- Razor blade scraper
- Rubbing alcohol
Wipe up the bulk of the wet excess or spilt caulk with white paper towels and dispose of the paper towels in the trash.
Dampen a lint-free microfiber cloth or sponge in warm water, squeeze out most of the excess water and then wipe the area. Rinse the cloth or sponge under running warm water, squeeze out the excess water and wipe again. Repeat as needed until you no longer see caulk on the tile surface.
Fill your sink with warm water and then add enough mild detergent to make the water soapy. Swish a clean cloth or sponge in the water and then wash your vinyl tile. Scrub any cracks, crevices or decorative grooved areas of the tile with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad or toothbrush to dislodge any caulk that you may have missed.
Clean away the detergent and caulk residues with damp cloths or sponges. Wipe away the excess water from the floor and then wait for the floor to air dry.
Check your vinyl tile floor for any missed caulk or caulk film. If you see missed pieces or film, rub away the caulk with a damp melamine resin foam eraser or scrape the caulk from the surface with a razor blade scraper held at a 30-degree angle.
Place the edge of your razor blade scraper on one side of the caulk at a 30-degree angle and push the scraper gently across the caulked area to remove it. If dealing with a thick or large piece of caulk, push the edge under one side of the caulk with the scraper handle nearly parallel to the tile and then pull up on the handle to pop the caulk from the surface.
Wash the area with a soapy cloth or sponge after you've finished scraping and scrub the area gently with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad to loosen any small particles or debris.
Rinse the surface with damp cloths or sponges. Wipe and air dry the area and then check it again after it has dried for any remaining caulk stains. If you see additional stains, repeat the cleaning process as needed.
Tips and warnings
- If wiping, scrubbing, erasing or scraping doesn't remove film or hardened caulk, blot or wipe the caulk with rubbing alcohol and a cloth. Wait 10 minutes. Scrub, erase or scrape the area as needed. Wash the area when finished, rinse away the residues, and then wipe and air dry.
- Always test your cleaning products and methods on an inconspicuous area of your vinyl floor tile before cleaning to make certain that you don’t damage the tiles.
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