Caulk works wonders for sealing edges around sinks and bathtubs. However, the same properties that make it great as a sealant make it difficult to remove from clothing. The caulk sinks into the fibers and begins to seal them once they seep into the fabric. Synthetic or natural shirts and pants, the type of fabric does not matter. The dam could spoil it.
When looking for a solution on how to get rid of clothes, start by checking the condition of the stain. The earlier you move, the higher your chances of removing the caulk before it’s time to solidify and harden. However, not everything is lost if the plug dries out. There are two ways to deal with more difficult scab spots, too.
Keep reading to learn how to remove caulk from clothing, including methods for removing water-based caulk and silicone caulk. There are also details for removing wet caulk and removing dry caulk.
How to remove wet water fertilizer from clothes
Wet caulk is easier to remove than dried caulk. While it is possible to wash clothes on a regular washer cycle, check the clothes well to make sure you don’t miss a spot before washing and drying the clothes.
Before attempting to remove caulk from clothing, always check what type of caulk is on the fabric and read the fabric’s label before applying anything, so you can avoid further damaging the fabric.
The following method can remove the wet water dam. If you need to know how to remove silicone from clothes, read the step-by-step instructions below in the section called “How to get rid of clothes with adhesive remover”.
Clean cloths or paper towels
Step 1: Rinse the stain under running water as soon as possible.
If the scab is still wet, you may be able to wash it off on a regular wash cycle. However, a preemptive strike to remove as much of the caulk as possible increases the chances of it being removed successfully.
Run the affected area underwater, removing as much of the caulk as possible. Apply the water temperature to the fabric. For example, fabrics that need to be washed in cold water should only be rinsed in cold water.
Step 2: Wipe the stopper with a clean cloth or paper towel.
After rinsing, try to remove more scab by drying the area with a clean cloth or paper towel. The towel will help absorb the blockage before the fabric fibers seep into it. Make sure to blot, and don’t rub. Rubbing can push the plug into the fibers, making it more difficult to remove.
Step 3: Apply rubbing alcohol.
Next, apply rubbing alcohol to loosen the crust in the fibers. Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly and can remove the caulking the water left behind. Again, be sure to clean the area instead of rubbing it. In some cases, rubbing alcohol will remove most if not all of the remainder of the tampon.
Step 4: Wash the clothes in the washing machine.
After rinsing, tumbling and applying rubbing alcohol (then tumble dry), pass the clothes through a regular wash cycle. Check the stain before drying the clothes. If the tampon remains, try soaking the stained area in rubbing alcohol, wiping to remove the excess, and running the garment through another wash cycle.
How to remove dry manure from clothes
Dry caulk can be more difficult to remove than wet caulk. This removal process is similar to removing wax from fabric – by freezing it.
Before attempting to remove caulk from clothing, always check what type of caulk is on the fabric and read the fabric’s label before applying anything, so you can avoid further damaging the fabric. The following method can remove the dry water-based caulk. If you need to know how to remove silicone from clothes, read the step-by-step instructions below in the section called “How to get rid of clothes with adhesive remover”.
resealable plastic bag
rubbing alcohol or cleaning agent
Laundry detergent (optional for tough stains)
Step 1: Put the clothes in a resealable plastic bag and freeze.
Fold the stained garment with the stopper facing out and place it in a resealable plastic bag. This will protect the clothes and food in the freezer. Leave the sealed bag in the freezer until the clothes are frozen. The clothes should look hard and possibly crunchy if they are wet when put in the freezer.
Step 2: Use scissors to scrape off the caulk.
Use scissors to slowly peel and scrape the frozen stopper. Keep the scissors closed with the outer edge of one of the blades. Sometimes it is easier to chop the peel into pieces. You can also use a file, butter knife, or other similar tool to scrape off the peel.
Step 3: Wipe off the residue with rubbing alcohol.
If there is scale left on the clothing, soak the stain or wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to blow out the caulk to prevent it from being pushed further into the fibres. Soak up the excess rubbing alcohol with a clean, dry cloth. If some stain remains, try running the garment through a regular wash cycle.
How to remove silicone from clothes with adhesive remover
If you want to learn how to remove silicone from clothing, adhesive removers are often the best option. Adhesive removers work by breaking down the bonds in the caulk. Check the stain remover’s label, as most will list the types of materials they can remove, including silicone.
Adhesive remover like Goo Gone
Rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer
Step 1: Apply adhesive remover to the caulk spot.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for applying tape remover to the affected area. Some removers come in a spray bottle, others are a gel or liquid that is wiped over the stain with a clean rag.
Leave the stain remover on the clothes for the time suggested by the manufacturer. Adhesive remover usually requires 1 to 3 minutes to be set before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Use scissors to gently remove excess.
After waiting for the suggested time, use scissors or a similar item to carefully peel or scrape the caulk. The dam usually cracks in small pieces. Work systematically over the affected area until all accessible tampons are removed.
Step 3: Apply rubbing alcohol and/or wash the garment on a regular wash cycle.
Use rubbing alcohol to remove remaining stains. Wash the garment on the recommended regular wash cycle of the fabric to remove any stopper residue. Be sure to remove the peel before drying the clothes.
These tried-and-true cleaning methods can help you when you need to know how to remove clothes. Choose a method based on the nature of the stain and the type of dam. If the water-based tampon is still wet, a simple rinse with water or rubbing alcohol may do the trick. For caulk that has been dried into the fabric fibers, freezing can help.
Cloths stuck with silicone-based caulk can be cleaned with adhesive remover, and a combination of methods may be required to completely remove the caulk. Using a little elbow grease and blotting (not rubbing), the tampon can be removed until your garment is ready to wear again.