How to Remove Silicone

Remove silicone from items in your house with common tools.
Remove silicone from items in your house with common tools. (Image: home sweet home image by David Dorner from <a href=''></a>)

If you want to remove silicone from items in your house, you can do it without calling a contractor. Silicone is a common product found in and around the home. It is used to seal two pieces of glass, wood or metal together. With a few common tools and a trip to your local hardware store, the silicone can be history.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective gloves
  • Protective glasses
  • Utility knife
  • Silicone remover
  • Putty knife
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Sponge

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Put on a pair of rubber gloves and a pair of safety glasses. Open doors or windows in the room you are working in for proper ventilation.

Cut with a utility knife the silicone that is parallel to the item to which it is bound. Cut away as much superficial silicone as you can. Cut a top layer off of the silicone and work your way down so you have a thin layer of the substance.

Apply a silicone removal substance to the remaining silicone. Follow the directions on the removal substance's bottle. Allow the remover to penetrate the silicone.

Wipe the silicone residue with a wet sponge and liquid soap to remove the rest of the silicone from the material.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use caution when working with a utility knife and toxic chemicals.


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