Sealants are completely non-toxic and safe for the environment, they are used to fill joints and seams, where designs can shift under the influence of shrinkage, temperature or humidity. Sealants provide high-quality bonding of building materials, contribute to the strength of the structure.
To clean the glass from the silicone sealant, take a sharp knife or razor blade and try to remove big pieces, but so as not to scratch the glass. With the power of the scrub is not worth it. Silicone sealant can easily be cleaned with substances containing gasoline. Take a piece of dry cloth, moisten it with gasoline and RUB the contaminated area, then leave for a while, to allow the sealer soaked with gasoline. After 5 minutes, dry washcloth wipe sealant remains. After the procedure, the glass should be rinsed with water and wiped dry.
Fresh sealant can be rubbed away using concentrated acetic acid, sold in any supermarket. Before starting, be sure to wear gloves as it can hurt the skin surface. Dry cloth soak in acetic acid, and wipe the glass several times, gradually the sealant will begin to fall behind the glass. The remaining part can be scraped off with a blade or knife.
To clear the tile or tub, from the old acrylic or silicone sealant, take dry abrasive paper, fine or medium grain. Pre-wet sealer white spirit or any other solvent to make it easier to schewels.
If near the machined surface are objects made of plastic, they should be removed or covered. White spirit will help to not only get rid of the sealant, but also from grease, dust and dirt. After such cleaning the surface wipe with a dry cloth.
To remove sealant from hard, scratch-resistant surface in the case if the farm was not acetic acid or white spirit, use a regular pumice stone. Little RUB the soiled areas, the sealant will begin to slide into small lumps, the remains of which, after a scrape with a knife. Use a dry cloth to complete the surface treatment.
Silicone sealants are not recommended for use on surfaces that are exposed to intensive mechanical stress
With a sponge to remove the remnants of sealant does not make sense - white spirit or acetic acid will simply corrode. Use a thick cloth.
Advice 2: How to remove silicone sealant
Silicone sealant is a universal fixative. However, sometimes you need to remove it without a trace. And here the problems begin. Because not all know how it is possible without losses to the surface to clean and remove traces of old glue. Although methods are sufficient.
You will need
- -vinegar or mineral alcohol;
The easiest way is to use special solvent to clean off surfaces like building materials. The only thing you need to consider when working with this tool, it removed the layer of sealant. If it is thin, then depart easily after a little processing. If the layer is thick enough, you must apply the product in the quantity specified on the label and leave for a while. As a result, old silicone sealant will simply collapse and you can easily remove it from the surface.
Also you can remove the old layer of sealant with an ordinary knife. The main thing that the knife was comfortable to hold in hand (he must have a small neat handle and the blade). Start removing the old material. Proceed very carefully to avoid scratching the original surface. As soon as I otkrivate all sealant, degrease the surface. Especially if you are going to immediately apply a new layer of glue.
Try to clean the excess sealant as soon as he came to the surface. This should be done fast enough until it froze. And besides, if you immediately engaged in the removal of glue, you can cope only with a damp cloth. And not even a trace will remain.
In some cases (it depends on the brand of glue) you can try to remove silicone sealant by means of ordinary vinegar. However, this is only valid with the materials in which the vinegar is one of the main components. Also apply mineral spirits. Therefore, before starting work, be sure to read the label (if it remains) from the glue, which will be written composition.
Sometimes the hardened sealant cope with alkaline materials. You can buy them, for example in DIY stores. Only work with this cleaner very carefully. Be sure to wear rubber gloves, special glasses for eye protection and apron.
If you yourself can not cope with cleaning the old sealant, you can call professionals. They will help you. However, it will cost you a certain amount. But the result exactly guaranteed.
Keep hands and certainly during any repair work wear gloves. And in any case do not try to scrub the sealer nails. Always use the special tools.