Cracked or separated silicone caulk is an eyesore.
In addition, it can lead to water ruining walls, ceilings, and more!
This past weekend I removed the silicone between our kitchen counters and tile backsplash.
The surprising twist is that I used my wife's hair dryer to make this project move faster than Danica Patrick!!
Yes, I asked for my wife's permission (I've learned my lesson).
If you want to easily remove old silicone caulk without a chemical caulk remover use a hair dryer and straight razor blade.
Any residue that remains can either be scraped off further with the razor and then cleaned with rubbing alcohol.
If you have an acrylic tub or plastic surround in your bathroom just be careful with high heat. I tested the output of the hair dryer with a thermometer and it showed the temperature only got up to 200F, just enough to soften the silicone caulk and not damage the countertops.
For additional tips and a very short movie (not long enough to eat a sleeve of Girl Scout thin mints) visit my blog post at http://www.homerepairtutor.com/easily-remove-silicone-caulk/
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Easily Remove Silicone Caulk without Chemicals
Published March 2nd, 2013 10:19 AM
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