How to Remove Silicone


Maya asked: How do I clean up silicon that spilled in a suitcase? My aunt came to our home, but on her way here, she spilled a bottle of silicon in her suitcase.

Silicone is a substance that requires a removal product designed specifically for this purpose. Once you have chosen a removal product, follow these guidelines for successful removal.

You Will Need:

  • Silicone-Be-Gone or other silicone remover
  • Rubber gloves
  • Well ventilated work area

Steps to Remove the Silicone:

  1. To remove the silicone, it will require a solvent that will cut through the cured substance.
  2. Work in a well ventilated area and wear protective gloves to keep the solvent off of your skin and hands.
  3. Apply the solvent following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  4. It may take several hours to complete the removal process, so allow for plenty of time to work on this cleaning project.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Look for the silicone removers at home improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. They may also be available at craft stores.
  • Though this substance is safe for most surfaces, it is wise to test a small, hidden area first to ensure there are no adverse effects.

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