How to remove the silicone
Chemically the silicone it’s a polymer, synthesized for the first time in 1907 and currently used in the most disparate fields, from medicine to construction.
In the latter case it is mainly used as adhesive and sealant.
Its function, therefore, is essentially that of not letting water and humidity penetrate, preventing the formation of mold or serious damage to structures.
Specifically designed to last, in the context of this article, its main use is that of isolate and of paste.
It therefore makes sense that it is specially designed for resist at the time and it is not at all simple remove it from surfaces or materials on which it ends up by mistake.
However, there are methods, or with the use of specific products, which are very effective.
Remove silicone: understand the difference with latex
The first step is to understand what you are dealing with. Often, in fact, latex is used to seal the joints instead of silicone. This can be understood simply by testing it consistency.
With a screwdriver or with any instrument equipped with a tip then check if it is rubbery and elastic. In this case it will definitely be silicone.
If it turns out instead Lasted it will be a sealant based on lattice.
How to remove silicone from tiles: soften it
As mentioned, this material is in fact designed to last, therefore, it will have to be attacked on its weak points. Chief among these is the heat.
The Thermal gun (or heat gun) is the most suitable tool to do this but, in the absence of it, a phon, assuming it has good potency.
Obviously in the second case the work will be decidedly more difficult.
Then sprinkle somehot water and with great patience, soften the material you want to remove. Should this prove particularly difficult you could also help with the following substances:
- oven degreaser;
- white spirit;
- White vinegar.
Attention: if the silicone is found on porous tiles such as terracotta, avoid oily products; if, on the other hand, the surface is made of marble, do not use acid products.
How to remove silicone
Once softened, the silicone can be removed without too much effort.
In this case, a scraper or one spatula but here too there is a very important thing to underline.
Tools such as those listed above, if made of metal, should never be used on surfaces such as marble and terracotta because they would go to to scratch irreparably these surfaces, at the slightest error.
In these cases it is preferable to use plastic spatulas but even an ice cream spoon can be fine, for lack of better.
How to remove the silicone: specific products
In some cases, removing the silicone could prove decisively difficult. However, you can help us with specific products such as silicone solvent.
This can be purchased easily both on Amazon and from the hardware store and will succeed in remove without problem any trace of silicone.
This product will help especially to remove the annoying ones patina which remain on the surfaces which, without a doubt, are the most difficult to remove.
Products of this type can be:
It will simply be necessary to apply the solvent for silicone and leave it to act for the time indicated on the package.
Finally, with the help of one abrasive sponge, remove all residues but always pay attention to the surface being treated to avoid scratching it.
Excellent products in this sense are Silic Off able to eliminate both fresh and hardened silicone, or the solvent to remove adhesives from SONAX.
Remove silicone: final operations
Now that the bulk of the silicone has been removed, it’s fine before putting it back on again clean thoroughly the whole area, eliminating all residues.
If you have a vacuum cleaner it could be an excellent way to remove even the smallest pieces, otherwise, be patient and use a shovel and a brush.
It will be very important not to forget to apply a anti mold product before installing the new silicone, or thedenatured alcohol making them penetrate very deeply into the joints.
This last step will help further to clean but more importantly, it will make it much more difficult for mold to proliferate in the future.
How to remove silicone from glass
At first glance it may seem the simplest situation, given the resistance of the material in question. For these surfaces it will be necessary to obtaindenatured alcohol, a sprayer, old tea towels and professional spatulas.
Avoid using metal scrapers because you could inadvertently scratch the surface. With hard plastic scrapers this will not happen.
Then spray the alcohol on the entire surface to be cleaned and wait a few minutes.
At this point, using the spatula, remove all the residues and finally give a subsequent pass with more alcohol, then passing the cloth.
It will take some patience but the result is guaranteed.
If there are streaks on the glass, use the old one newsprint instead of the rag.
How to get silicone out of clothes
From the easiest to the most complicated situation. In fact, silicone by its nature will tend to penetrate in fibre clothes and, drying up, it will become encrusted.
In this case it will seriously take all the patience in the world.
We will need to proceed with a preliminary treatment before putting the garment in the washing machine.
Insert the silicone-stained dress into a freezer for some hours.
The stain like this yes will harden and already only with the help of the nails it will come off quite easily.
Alternatively, you can use a knife obviously not serrated, but if possible, the butter one will be ideal. The stain will not come off completely, so an extra step will be required, tamponandola with denatured alcohol.
Use a folded piece of paper (to change from time to time) to dab so that adhere perfectly to the stained part of the fabric.
At this point, when the stain has almost completely disappeared, you can move on to wash real in the washing machine, in hot or cold water.
Depending on the severity of the situation, more washes may be required.
How to remove silicone from hands
Not only the surfaces, after working with this material, especially if protective gloves have not been used, some problems may arise to be able to take it off at best from hands.
The first thing to do, however, is to try to intervene when it is still fresh.
Removing the silicone from your hands this way is much easier.
Using a plastic bag (a cloth would be fine but then the problem of removing it would arise again), passing it between the palms in an energetic way.
Subsequently, however, the methods to be used are essentially two: with somealcohol or withacetone.
In this case rub with much more delicacy because these two substances could cause irritation. Conclude by washing your hands with plenty of soap.
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