How to Make Silicone Sealant Remover

A silicone sealant is a type of common household adhesive that exists all over the house. Many projects will call for the use of silicone sealants including those in bathrooms, kitchens and floors. The uses and possible applications for silicone sealants are vast, which means the necessity of a silicone sealant remover could be as well. If your project calls for the use of this sealant, you could find yourself needing a silicone sealant remover. 

Removing from Skin 

One common place you might need to remove sealant from is your hands or your skin. The removal process for skin will require the use of acetone. The first step in removing silicone sealant from your skin is to obtain acetone. Acetone is easiest found in nail polish removers that have acetone marked as an ingredient. Not all polish removers contain acetone, so be sure to check the ingredients.

You need to prewash your hands with just soap and water. Using a paper towel or disposable cloth, dab a small amount of the polish remover onto the skin where the sealant is. Use enough of the nail polish remover to thoroughly wet the sealant and allow the area to remain wet for a few minutes to penetrate the sealant. Now you should be able to rub the sealant off your skin with the paper towel or cloth.

After removing all of the sealant, you should rewash your hands with soap and water to remove any excess polish remover. You should apply the nail polish in a ventilated room. As well, never use the polish remover on your face or an area of the body where you may have sensitive skin. 

Removing by Scraping 

When you need to remove silicone sealant from a hard surface around the house, first try and scrape it off. If the surface area where you want to remove the sealant is not susceptible to light scraping, you can use a putty knife or drywall knife to scrape off any silicone sealant you need to remove. Be sure to scrape slowly to prevent scuff or scratch marks on the surface where you are working. If you need to get a little bit closer to the surface, a razor blade will work as well. The razor blade has a better chance of scratching your surface, so use it only after using the putty or drywall knife first. 

Removing by Abrasion 

If the scraping process does not work, you can try a few other processes to help remove the sealant. A way of removing silicone sealant is to create an abrasive process that will weaken the sealant and scrub it away without harming your surface. The next thing you should try is rubbing the sealant with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. The eraser contains a solvent that will help to break down the silicone sealant residue that scraping could not remove. As well, the abrasive texture of the eraser sponge will act as the abrasive surface to scrub the residue away. You may need to use multiple eraser sponges to remove the sealant residue.