Rubber weather stripping is an excellent way to keep the cold air out of your home during the winter season. The material, however, can be difficult to clean if it is painted or gets paint on it. When a latex paint gets on your rubber weather stripping, there is something that you can do to solve the problem.
Removing Paint from Rubber
It might be difficult to remove paint from rubber because of the porous nature of the material. In other words, the paint will seep right into the rubber stripping and removing it might damage the material. If you remove part of the rubber material to get the paint off of the stripping, you may be damaging its ability to keep the weather out of your home.
Alcohol can be used if you wish to remove the paint from the rubber stripping, but make sure that you don’t damage the composition of the rubber and cause it to deteriorate.
Replace the Stripping
The simplest way to remove paint damaged rubber weather stripping is to replace the stripping. It can be much easier to just take out the painted rubber stripping and putting in some new material. This will guarantee that the stripping is not damaged and can still effectively keep your home warm and keep the drafts out.
When you are trying to make sure that your home stays warm in the winter, it is much more important that the rubber weather stripping you are using is in good condition. Because of the damage that can be caused by removing the paint, removing the stripping is your most practical option.
Removing the Rubber Weather Stripping
You can use a screwdriver to get under the stripping and pull it up all around the casing of the window. Once all of the stripping is completely removed, you can replace it with new rubber weather stripping. Take the time to go through all of the windows and doors in your home to remove damaged stripping and replace it with new.
Replacing the damaged weather stripping in your home can save you a fortune on your energy bills. The weather stripping keeps the cold air from entering your home and your heating system from kicking on every five minutes. It is also useful in hot climates in the summer months to keep the cool air inside the home and lower the need for air conditioning.
Regularly check your weather stripping to be sure that it is in good shape. Weather stripping can become damaged and cracked. When this occurs you will have to replace it with damage free materials to keep your home well insulated. Plan to go through all of the windows and doors once a year to check on the stripping. Right before the winter season is a great time to do your regular maintenance checks on your insulation and stripping.
When you keep on top of these areas of the home, you will be sure to keep your house toasty warm during the long cold winter.