How to Remove Silicone From Glass Shower Door | Tips and Tricks on DIY
Looking for a way to get rid of that detestable silicone caulk on the glass door in your shower room without damaging or cracking the screen? Well look no further, you answer is finally here. This article will show you instructions and hints on how to remove silicone from glass shower door by yourself quickly and efficiently.
So you just finished remodeling your entire bathroom and put on a brand new glass shower door. But then you notice there are some weird spots littered on the surface of the glass. No matter how hard you wipe, these spots just don’t disappear. Well, you can’t just get them out that easy because they are hardened silicone caulk.
And since you are dealing with glass material here, use too much force and you may ruin the door. Feeling confused? Then this article got a perfect solution for you. Silicone caulk is commonly used as a sealant on glass objects and alike. But sometimes, the silicone caulk manages to get into contact with the glass window itself and left to harden. After that, it’s very hard to remove since glass is a delicate material. But it’s not too difficult at all. All you need to do is to gather the suitable tools and apply correct techniques below then the silicone spots will disappear for good.
What do you need to have?
You don’t need anything too extreme here, just some normal household appliances will finish the job. Well, so these are what you need to gather: hair dryer, a razor blade (or a scrapper) and a bucket. You can also get a silicon remover spray can in any hardware store as a final solution if everything else is not working. But just to be safe, before you attempt to use any chemical solutions, read the manual and ingredient carefully to decide if they are appropriate to use or not. And don’t ever mix them together.
It’s also wise to equip face and hands protections since you are dealing with toxic chemical here so goggles, face mask and gloves are a must. And remember to create as much air circulation as possible by opening all windows and doors.
How to remove the silicone?
Step 1: Inspection
Exam the spots, determine their status and mark their locations. This will help you to decide the time and the amount of work you have to do here. Make sure NOT to mark the location where the good caulk is supposed to be. If possible then you should use the razor blade to slice the caulk around the door frames and joint so as to easily identify the excess caulk from the good caulk.
Step 2: Get rid of the easier spots
For the most part, silicone caulk can be removed with ease. Use the razor blade, the scrapper or even a combination of both to slowly slide under the caulk and pick them out. Don’t apply too much force at once and instead use just as much force needed and increase it according to the hardness of the silicone spots. Keep repeating the process till every spot are dealt with.
Step 3: Apply the heat
You may eventually run into certain spots that are too tough to pick out by the method above and you fear to damage the glass appearance if you keep trying. This is when forcing the blade no longer work and it’s high time to take out and use the hair dryer. Silicone tends to brittle under constant heat which makes the hair dryer a very useful tool for removing harden silicone. It’s also much safer than to use the chemicals that just may even more harmful to your health than the silicone caulk.
All you need to do is simply focus the hair dryer on the silicone spots for a few minutes and the sport would start cracking. Now just take out the razor blade and do the same as before. But beware, if the excess silicone caulk is located near any plastic component, if you don’t concentrate then you may ruin the plastic integrity with the heat as well. So it’s wise to keep the hair dryer at minimum setting and shield any plastic parts on the door before you do this.
Step 4: Use the chemical
Most if not all of the excess silicone caulk should be gone by now but if there are still some stubborn spots remain then only one solution remain: The silicone remover. There are some noble chemicals on the market for this job, one of them is the WD – 40. But no matter what is the chemical you intend to use, chances are they very harmful if inhale of ingesting by mistake so handle them with care.
As mentioned above, you should determine the suitability of the chemical first before applying them and don’t mix two or more solutions together since it may lead to unpredictable results. A way to test the chemical is to scan the ingredients list or put a small amount of it on the glass and wait to see if there is any negative effect. And be sure to put on full protective gear when you interact and use the chemical. After that, simply apply a suitable amount of chemical on the remaining spots and wipe them out.
Step 5: Clean up
Put all the removed silicone caulk into the bucket and take them to disposal. There should be still some residue and traces of the caulk that have a negative effect on your glass shower door. Luckily, it’s easy to neutralize them. All you need to do is a get a bucket of warm water and put in several teaspoons of liquid soap then soak a rag in. Next is to wipe the entire door clean and rinse the door with warm water against once you done.
And that cover pretty much all you need to know, fairly easy to follow, right? It’s a shame to see a recently installed glass shower door littered with excess silicone caulk. But now you no longer have to endure that anymore. By gathering the proper tools and applying suitable techniques that are shown in this article, all those detestable spots will be gone before long. And you can do this easily on your own with out any complicated procedures or expensive gears.
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