How to Remove Silicone From Hardwood

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Caulk is sometimes used to seal trim on hardwood floor if there is a draft from the wall.
Caulk is sometimes used to seal trim on hardwood floor if there is a draft from the wall. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Silicone caulk is used throughout the home to seal cracks between joints. It is waterproof and prevents air from entering or escaping the home, preventing energy loss. In some homes it is used on the trim, or under the trim surrounding the room to prevent air from escaping the home between the wall and where the hardwood floor ends. When taking out the trim, you may wish to remove the caulk and reapply it.

Things You'll Need

  • Silicone remover
  • Razor blade

Test the silicone remover on a hidden patch of the hardwood floor. Some solvents may remove the coloring from the hardwood floor. Apply the silicone remover to the caulk and allow it to sit on the caulk for the recommended amount of time.

Scrape the caulk using a razor blade held at a sharp angle to prevent scratching the floor.

Clean the area with the recommended cleaner for your hardwood floor to remove any remnants of dirt that collected underneath the caulk. Allow the area to dry before applying new caulk.

Tips & Warnings

  • Open the windows to the home to increase ventilation when working with silicone remover.

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