Silicone caulk is a home improvement product that is revered for its durability and versatility. The only drawback to this tenacious compound is that it can be difficult to remove, especially from places like crown moulding. Fortunately, it is not impossible. At one time, elbow grease was the only thing you could use in hopes of removing this substance. These days, while elbow grease is still a valuable weapon, other tools and products make this task a little bit easier.
Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Glass scraper (with razor blade)
- Protective gloves
- Silicone caulk remover gel
- Cotton swabs
Remove as much silicone caulk as possible by hand. Use a utility knife to slice into the bead on each side. Pull off pieces of silicone until the bulk of the material is gone.
Scrape off any silicone excess using the glass scraper tool. Don't hold the silicone scraper at a sharp angle as this may cause scratching on the crown moulding. Scrape slowly and gently.
Apply silicone caulk remover to any caulk that remains on the crown moulding. The gel formula is easiest to control. Squeeze a small amount of the remover onto a cotton swab, and apply it to the affected area, taking great care to put the product on the silicone caulk only.
Wipe the area down with soap and water after the removal gel has broken down the silicone caulk.