I'm sure you have come across this question before: Can you remove silicone lubricant from floor tiles? In this article I'll answer it. First of all let me explain what it is and why you need to remove it if you want to keep your floor tiles in good condition. Silicone is a very cheap chemical that is sometimes used in the making of floor tiles and other similar products, most notably oil. Some manufacturers use silicone as an additive, which adds a lot of benefits, for example some models of floor tiles will dry very quickly when they get wet by 100%!
This explains why they look very 'wet' when they are new, and also why the surface starts to look cracked or softened after a few months. When you remove silicone lubricant from floor tile, you should always make sure that you wear the recommended protective gloves. And no, you don't need to buy special chemical cleaning equipment. I'm assuming here that you already have a vacuum cleaner and a mild detergent to clean the affected areas - otherwise you wouldn't be reading this article. If you don't then the easiest thing to do is simply use a damp cloth to wipe up the mess!
Now, I'd like to go on to describe how to remove silicone residue from granite. To remove the greasy or oily looking residue that's left behind after applying the sealer, simply soak the affected area in warm water (we recommend using a garden hose). Make sure that the water is warm enough not to cause the marble stone to be damp, but not hot. Once the water has soaked up the excess greasy residue you will need to apply some vinegar or ammonia to help remove it from the surface.
Once the residue has been soaked up you can either repeat the vinegar/ammonia method again, or if you're worried about the smell lingering in your house then you could spray some commercial sealer. Be careful to read the instructions on the bottle as each type of product is made to work on a different base and so some won't work on granite counter tops for example. Follow the directions and the procedure to the letter, and be aware that once you have applied the sealer to granite it's not a good idea to wash it off because then it will no longer be protected by the new protective layer and it may start to peel. You can reapply the silicon based sealer to any areas that were missed when you initially sealed the granite counter top.
There are actually a couple of ways that you can use the new sealer once the initial application has been completed. One of the most common uses is around sinks and in shower cubicles, granite counter tops being particularly good for this. Another popular use is around the bath tub and shower, especially for areas where you have family members with young children and pets. In the kitchen it can help to protect your sink and counter tops from stains and leakage, as well as being an extra protection for your counter tops and backsplash in the bathroom. Some people use it as a simple seal between tiles to make the grout lines stand out more, and it can be used in the bathroom to prevent the formation of mold. In short, silicone sealant is a great product to have in your home that will not only add an extra layer of protection, but will also prolong the life of your counter tops and bathroom fixtures. For removing silicone lube you have to buy some of the best lube brands for it.
The first step when trying to remove silicone caulk from floorboards or tiles is to gently scrape it off with a knife, or any other cleaning instrument that is suitable to the material you're dealing with. Next, take a slightly damp cloth and dip it into the water that is sitting on top of the hardened silicone, so that you can make sure that the area you're working on is completely clean. Be careful not to splash water onto the counter top, or onto any other area where there may be a chance of staining the materials. Once this preliminary step is complete, pour a very small amount of water on the area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then use a clean sponge or cloth to wipe the residue from the affected areas, paying special attention to the corners and edges of the materials.
If water has been previously used to remove silicone caulk from tiles or floorboards, it is important to use distilled or deionized water when cleaning with these solvents. This is because silicone spray is actually a soluble compound, and the more water is present, the harder it will be to remove. Also remember to wear protective gloves during this process, as the chemical ingredients contained in this type of cleaning agent can cause skin irritation and even cause reactions such as rashes. For this reason, do not use any other compounds that may react with the oil or water contained in the silicone spray.
The last step in how to remove silicone lubricant from floorboards or tiles is to follow the same steps as above, but instead apply a thin coat of denatured alcohol to the affected areas using a clean sponge or cloth. Do not use any other products while doing so. Let the alcohol sit for about five minutes, and then blot the silicone-coated surface with a clean sponge or cloth. Repeat this process until there is no more oily or dampness.