How Can I Get Silicone Off Ceramic Tile?

Updated April 17, 2017

Silicone is often used to caulk around ceramic tile because it is extremely strong and will stay in place. Such qualities can be problematic, however, if you ever want to remove the silicone. If a stray bit of the sticky gel has accidentally made its way onto your tile, or if you want to remove the caulk altogether, you may not know how to go about it. Fortunately, all you need to get rid of silicone is a few tools and bit of elbow grease.

Hold a glass scraper at an angle in front of the silicone on the ceramic tile. Holding the scraper in this manner should prevent it from scratching the tile.

Push the scraper underneath the silicone to remove it from the tile. You may have to scrape several times until the silicone is completely gone.

Once you have removed as much silicone as possible, dip an abrasive pad in white spirit. Use the pad to wipe any residual silicone from the ceramic tile. Scrub back and forth to remove the material, but take care not to scratch the tile.


If you wish to remove caulk that is still in place, first slice through each side of the caulk line with a razor blade to separate it from the ceramic tile and the other surface. Use a scraper and white spirit to remove the remaining caulk. Completely removing the silicone is important, as any that remains will cause other caulk you apply to have trouble sticking. White spirit are typically available at hardware or home improvement stores. Wear gloves when using white spirit.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass scraper
  • Abrasive pad
  • White spirit
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