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How do you remove silicone caulk?

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Remove silicone caulk by performing a patch test, softening the caulk, cutting it with a sharp utility knife and then pulling it off. Remove the residue by soaking it in mineral spirits or denatured alcohol, scrubbing it with a scrub brush or using the utility knife to pull it off.

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  1. Gather your supplies

    Get a utility knife, a can of mineral spirits or denatured alcohol, pliers, a stiff scrub brush and some rags.

  2. Perform a patch test

    Choose an out-of-sight area, and place a small amount of mineral spirits or denatured alcohol on it with a rag. Leave the spirits on the spot for a while, and then inspect the area to see if the color of the spot has changed. If so, remove the caulk without softening it first.

  3. Soften the silicone caulk

    Soak some rags in mineral spirits, and place them on the caulk. Let the rags sit for a little while to soften the caulk.

  4. Cut and pull the caulk

    Cut the caulk with the utility knife. Grab the cut end with pliers, and pull the caulk away from the area.

  5. Remove the residue

    Soak the rags in mineral spirits, and place them on the silicone caulk residue. Let the rags sit for several hours.

  6. Remove the rags and scrub

    Remove the rags, and scrub the residue with a scrub brush. Scrape stubborn spots with the utility knife.

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