How to Remove Shower Sealant

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Shower sealant, also called caulk, is commonly used to bond and hide the joints in bathtubs and shower tile. It is composed of a silicone-based adhesive that effectively prevents leaks, water damage and rusting. Removing shower sealant may seem difficult, but can be a simple process with the proper materials and cleaning method. Fortunately, an efficient adhesive solvent can help ease the process of dissolving silicone. Such a product is available at home improvement centers and hardware stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Adhesive solvent
  • Cloth
  • Plastic scraper
  • FInd a general-purpose adhesive solvent suitable for the area concerned. The brands carried by home improvement retailers can be safely applied to most household surfaces.

  • Apply the solvent properly according to the product label. Verify whether it requires direct application onto the sealant or onto a cloth first.

  • Allow the solvent to soften the silicone for the instructed period of time. This normally takes anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.

  • Loosen the shower sealant with a plastic scraper until it is cleanly removed from the surface. Apply more of the solvent if any stubborn residue persists.

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