Silicone lubricant is convenient for a wide range of applications but it is also a pain to clean up, as it just seems to spread around when you try to wipe it up. If silicone is on an object to be painted, thorough cleaning is absolutely necessary, as silicone residue can prevent adequate paint adhesion. Silicone will also stain clothing. What you need is something that is going to penetrate and adequately lift unwanted silicone.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- Powder laundry detergent
- Liquid dish soap
- Household grease cleaner
Glass, Metal, Plastic and Wood
Put on rubber gloves to prevent skin absorption of the turpentine.
Saturate a cloth with turpentine.
Sprinkle powdered laundry detergent all over the cloth.
Wipe up the silicone. Keep folding over the cloth to keep a clean section exposed and to prevent silicone that has been picked up by the cloth from getting back on the surface. Switch to a new cloth once one gets used up. If cleaning wood, wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
Spray the stain with more silicone to reconstitute it if the garment was put in the dryer and the stain is set. Leave the stain to saturate for 30 minutes.
Create a solution of one part liquid dish soap and one part household grease cleaner.
Test the solution in an inconspicuous area of the clothing to ensure it will not cause discoloration.
Soak the stain with the solution and leave it to soak for 10 minutes. Thicker fabrics can be blotted to help work the solution in.
Launder the garment as normal.