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How to Get Silicone Stains Out of Clothes and Fabric

Silicone is made to be tough. Follow our silicone stain removal tips to learn how to remove silicone caulk, lubricant, and sealant from clothing and fabrics.

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Question

Is it possible to get silicone stains off from denim and cotton?

Answer

It would be helpful to know the source of the silicone. I worked on Armor All and we used a lot of silicone for our protectant and tire products. The important thing here is to use a good product with lots of surfactants like liquid detergent to pretreat prior to washing (apply; rub into stain; wait 5–10 minutes) in HOT water using liquid detergent.

The good news is these are cotton fabrics here rather than a poly/cotton blend, which would hold the silicone much more tightly than cotton.

Don’t forget to check for success before drying as it will make any unremoved silicone much more difficult/impossible to remove. If there is still silicone remaining you can retreat fabrics again.