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August 12, 2017 18:06

Removal of silicone sealant to the bath , tiles , shower

Removal of silicone sealant to the bath , tiles , shower

Silicone - a very common material used in bathroom, pool, fridge, oven and other places, but after repairs or long life surface it gets dark, broken, partially unstuck from the surface begins to form a fungus and mold, the seam becomesairtight, watertight, and then the question arises - what to remove silicone sealant?

Silicone adhesive use in their work builders, hobbyists, motorists, and many others, as a means is almost universal.


  • Variety silicone sealants
  • Where to apply silicone sealant?
  • Chemical methods
  • Mechanical (power) methods
  • Removal of silicone in the shower, bath
  • Removing silicone from various surfaces

Variety silicone sealants

To determine a method for removing glue, you need to determine what they are made, andwhat happen.

Experts divide the funds into two types: single-component and two-component.One-component products are generally used for domestic needs, and the second option - for industrial purposes.

One-component adhesives, in turn, are the following:

  • T ermetiki specials.destination based on amines - alkaline;
  • Acid sealants - they include the presence of acetic acid.The specific flavor can be heard when working with an agent.It is a versatile inexpensive sealant that can be used almost anywhere, other than those of cement and marble.Furthermore, this type of sealant accelerates corrosion of many non-ferrous metals, therefore they should not be used together;
  • neutral sealant can be used on all surfaces, since instead of vinegar in their composition includes alcohol or ketoxime.

Where to apply silicone sealant?

Sealants vary by use and by appointment.Sanitary adhesive used for the bathroom, shower repair, sealing your home plumbing.

for the manufacture of glass for aquariums and stained glass using adhesive - sealant.

This material perfectly adheres the surface, fills voids, can withstand heavy loads, has a high strength.

Aquarists, builders, home pools are used in the sealant with anti-fungal additives, on a surface which is not formed fungus and mold.

Solvents give silicone sealant tack and elasticity, thanks to them sealant can adapt to any surface of a bath, shower and other facilities.


That is why the old silicone is very difficult, and sometimes impossible to remove from the surface.

Whatever sealer you choose, you should know that this glue is attached to the surface almost perfectly still, and often remove it completely and accurately is very difficult.

There are several ways to remove the silicone sealant without damage to the surface.

Chemical methods

Today on sale there are many tools that remove the old silicone sealant, which covers the fungus and mold, with tile, tile, glass and other surfaces.

Available tools such as a paste, foam, aerosol and solution.

Before you begin, be sure to read the instructions to choose the means and try it on an inconspicuous area in the bath or the shower to find out whether it would be on the surface of the shower and other plumbing unwanted reaction medium.

should make sure that the chemical does not corrode tile, enamel, paint and other surface.

If you choose spray, when working, always use a mask and gloves to protect yourself from harmful vapors.


After some time after the application of funds, the glue becomes soft and its residues that covers the fungus and mold, can be removed from the shower, bathroom and glass with a razor blade or other tool easily.

If the coating were traces of tools, they can be removed with a solvent.Now wash the treated area with detergent and wipe dry.

Mechanical (power) methods

This method of removing sealant is suitable only for those surfaces that are not afraid of injuries.For tiles, mirrors or glass aquarium in the shower or a way to remove the adhesive is unacceptable.

to work you need to take a pumice stone and a knife.Large pieces of glue is removed with a knife, and then clean the remains of a fine-grained sandpaper or a pumice stone.

At the end of the work surface should be treated with cleaning agents.

If the glue can not delete, you can use it to remove such funds available as acetone, mineral spirits or other solvents.

First, clean off the old glue with a knife or scraper, and then wet the surface of the solvent and allowed to stand for 30-60 minutes for better effect.Silicone

becomes like a gelatine, now with a sharp knife is removed from its surface.

If necessary, the procedure can be repeated several times, as if the pollution is very old, apply the solvent can be for the whole night.


Remove old sealant, which formed the fungus and mold, you can also use the salt, which is applied to a wet gauze and unhurried circular motion gently clean the surface.

After the surface is rubbed with soap and water.

Removing silicone in the shower, bath

The bathroom and shower all joints must be sealed tightly, and this is often used silicone.

Due to the high humidity on the surface after a time there is mold, fungus and plaque, and the question arises, how to remove silicone from the surface of the bath or shower?

Read the silicone sealant in the shower or the bathroom mechanically.Using a spatula, a knife or other suitable tool to remove the top layer of adhesive.

Then remove the bathroom or in the shower cubicle, if the adhesive is not fully featured, it should be cut.

With leg glue residue is removed plumbers fine sandpaper soft circular motions, not to spoil the surface.

mounting holes clean with a screwdriver, the surface of the walls and the plumbing is wiped clean with a cloth.

enamelled surfaces cleaned with abrasive means impossible, because to restore it after the scratches will not be possible.

To cleanse the enamel bath using various chemical agents, a wide range of which is represented in any hardware or hardware store.


But with acrylic bath to remove the adhesive can be both mechanically and with the help of aids.

If you decide to use to clean acrylic bath chemicals, try them on a small area.

Removing silicone from various surfaces

If you need to remove the remnants of the adhesive from the glass surface mirrors or shower, in the first place it can be done with a razor blade.

This should be done very carefully to avoid scratching the glass, and the whole process will take time.

In addition, remove the sealant from the glass article, you can use gasoline, mineral spirits, and other low-priced specially designed tools.

To remove the remnants of silicone with sanitary tiles, knife or blade carefully cut the adhesive layer, so as not to damage the surface of the tiles, and then applied with a cloth petrol or white spirit.

After some time, the silicone will soften, and it can be removed a wooden scraper.

can also be rubbed into the silicone kerosene until the glue is soft and is easily separated from the tiles, but this procedure will take away a lot of your time.

If you are using special tools for the tile, make sure that once they use it does not crack and does not shed color, especially colored tiles.

to after work with a silicone you do not have to delete it from the hands, gloves should protect them.


But if the silicone is still hit on your hands, you should be dried immediately and wash the surface of the hand, to avoid problems in the future.

If you did not do it right, sometimes to remove the adhesive from the skin of the hands is almost impossible and you have to resort to medical care.

To manually remove the sealant from hands, use alcohol or 3% vinegar.Such funds do not harm the skin of the hands, so keep it ready in time.