To remove excess silicone caulk, wipe it with a sponge, apply mineral spirits, remove the caulk with pliers, soak the residue in mineral spirits, scrub it, and scrape it with a razor. The required supplies are rags, mineral spirits, a sponge, a knife, pliers, a brush and a razor blade.
- Wipe the excess wet caulk with a damp sponge
Dampen a sponge, and smooth it over the wet caulk. Continue wiping until all of the excess caulk disappears.
- Soak the excess dried caulk in mineral spirits
Soak a rag in mineral spirits, and lay it over the excess caulk. Leave it there for several hours.
- Pull up the caulk with pliers
Use a knife to cut the caulk into small pieces. Pull the pieces up with needle-nose pliers, and discard them.
- Soak the residue in mineral spirits
Soak a clean rag in mineral spirits, and cover the caulk residue with it. Use multiple cloths if the residue covers a large area. Leave the rags undisturbed for several hours.
- Scrub the residue
Remove the rag, and scrub the residue with a scrub brush. Scrub forcefully until most of the residue comes off.
- Scrape the residue with a razor blade
Scrape the surface with a razor blade to remove the last traces of caulk.