Caulk is a water-based adhesive that can be used for many purposes, including caulking around window and door frames, sealing gaps in walls and floors and insulating pipes.
Caulk can also be used to seal plumbing joints, but it’s not recommended for this purpose because it will eventually break down over time.
Caulk is a sticky substance, and it has been known to leave behind residue on clothing over time.
Luckily, there are a few methods that can help to remove caulk from our favorite items. Here are three ways to get caulk out of clothes:
Can You Wash Caulk Out of Clothes?
Yes, it is possible to wash caulk out of clothes. Removing caulk from clothes depends on the type of caulk and how long it has been on clothes.
Removing caulk from clothes may not be as simple as you think. Depending on the brand and type of caulk you have used, you may need more than just soap and water to remove it from your clothing.
The longer the caulk has been on your clothing, the more difficult it will be to remove
Usually, removing caulk from clothing requires using a chemical solvent such as acetone or nail polish remover.
How to Get Caulk Out of Clothes
It’s understandable that you don’t want to spend time and money cleaning your clothes. But when you’ve got a stain that won’t come out, it’s time to get creative. Try these tips:
Method One: Freezing
Step 1: Scrape
Scrape away the caulk with a razor blade or utility knife. You can also use a steel wool pad or sandpaper to remove the caulk.
Step 2: Ice Freezing
Once you’ve removed as much of the caulk as possible, freeze it for about 30 minutes. Then remove the frozen pieces with a pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers. Be careful not to tear your clothing by pulling too hard on the caulk.
Step 3: Apply the Remover
Using a solvent such as acetone, apply it directly onto the affected area of clothing and let sit for a few minutes before wiping off with paper towels or newspaper. If using acetone, be sure to test on an inconspicuous area first before applying it all over your clothes!
Step 4: Launder as usual
Wash clothes as usual with hot water and detergent, followed by cold water. Dry them outside if possible and allow them to air dry completely before wearing them again.
Method Two: Dabbing
Step 1: Dampen the clean cloth with cool water
This will make it easier to work with and clean up any excess caulk that may come off when you’re trying to remove it.
Step 2: Gently dab the cloth on the caulk
If you’re working with a small amount, try using your fingers or a spatula instead of your hands. This will make it easier for you to get all of the caulk while also keeping any dirt or residue off of your clothes.
Step 3: Apply the Remover
You can use any type of remover that’s safe for fabrics, like bleach or rubbing alcohol in some cases (but not others). The key is making sure that whatever product you use is completely dry before putting anything back on so that it doesn’t damage anything else.
Step 4: Launder as usual
Once you’ve gotten rid of everything, wash as usual and let dry completely before wearing again.
Method Three: Rubbing Alcohol
Step 1: Rinse the stain under cool running water
If you have a small amount of caulk on your clothes, you can try to remove it with a clean damp cloth. This will help soak up any excess caulk and make it easier to rub off.
Step 2: Blot the caulk with a paper towel
Next blot the stained area with a clean paper towel. This will absorb some of the caulk and make it easier for you to remove it with your hands or a paper towel.
Step 3: Apply rubbing alcohol
Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain until it is completely soaked through. If you have any leftover caulk on your clothes, wipe it off with a clean rag before proceeding with this step.
The alcohol will penetrate through any remaining caulk, loosening it up so that it can be easily removed later on in this process.
Step 4: Machine wash the clothing
Machine wash any items that have been stained with caulk using cold water and gentle detergent according to the manufacturer’s instructions (some detergents may require pre-treating).
Method Four: Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar are two ingredients that have antiseptic properties and neutralize odors. The baking soda will neutralize the caulk and allow you to wash it away easily.
Vinegar helps break down any remaining caulk that may be left behind after you’ve removed other stains from your clothes or washed them in hot water (which breaks down caulk).
Step 1: Mix baking soda and water
Mix equal amounts of baking soda and water. The ratio is about 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda, but you can experiment with different ratios to find what works best for your stain.
Step 2: Rub the solution into the affected area
Rub the solution on the stain until it is absorbed by the fabric. Make sure you rub in a circular motion, not just straight down the middle of the spot.
Step 3: Then apply vinegar
Use a clean cloth or paper towel to wipe away any excess solution left behind. Then apply vinegar directly onto the stain, which should reactivate it and help remove any remaining stains.
Leave it in there for 3-5 minutes before washing as usual, or until all traces have disappeared.
Step 4: Wash as usual
Machine wash or hand wash the affected garment with cold water and mild detergent and air dry or tumble dry on low heat.
How to Get Caulk Out of Your Carpet
If you’re dealing with caulk that’s still in your carpet, but it’s not coming out easily, try these methods.
Use Goo Gone. Simply spray the goo gone on the caulk and let it sit for a minute or two. Then use a scrub brush to work the goo-gone into the caulk until it comes out.
Rubbing alcohol works well on older caulk that has dried up and can’t be removed easily. It will dissolve some newer caulk, too, but it doesn’t work as well if there is glue involved.
Vinegar can also be used to remove dried-up caulk from carpeting. Pour vinegar directly onto the caulk and let it sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing away at it with a clean cloth or sponge.
How to Get Caulk Off Hands
If you have caulk on your hands, try one of the following methods.
Use nail polish remover
Use acetone or nail polish remover to remove the caulk, and then wash your hands with soap and water.
Use rubbing alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is the best way to remove caulking from hands without leaving any traces of white residue behind. It’s also an effective way to cleanse your skin, as it will remove most oils and dirt from your skin.
Mix water, vinegar, and dish soap in a spray bottle, and then spray onto your hands liberally for about 10 seconds each time. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with paper towels or an old towel until all traces of soap are gone from your skin.