Silicon Caulk Removal

Old 10-14-04, 06:39 AM
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Silicon Caulk Removal

I have a thin film of silicon caulk where the plumber spread it out to seal around the base of the toilet. Is there any way to remove this? It is on a vinyl floor so I can't scrape it with a razor blade.


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Old 10-14-04, 08:59 AM
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Most of the silicone products I have used specify mineral spirits for dry product removal. HOWEVER, they also suggest trying it on an inconspicuous area first to insure it will not ruin the product under the silicone.
As a sidenote. As a plumber I do not seal toilet bases with anything (at least not all the way around) especially if the floor is wood. If the toilets wax seal fails, you will not know until it comes through a ceiling,basement or crawlspace and the chance of a large ruined area is probable. I would rather clean up a small puddle on the bathroom floor and then change the wax seal than I would replace flooring.
Old 11-03-04, 10:22 PM
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Great advice Majakdragon, I was going to caulk around two new toilets I installed but I think I'll hold off.

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