How to Remove Polyurethane Caulk from Hands

Polyurethane caulks are used for renovating home and joining two products. It lasts for about 10 to 20 years if applied properly and used mainly in outdoor projects. Polyurethane caulk has a wide range of surfaces that it can be used on which include plastic, wood, glass or metal. This caulk can seal up the gaps which are about an inch or larger.

It is difficult to apply and remove if accidentally attached to your hands. However, with items which are easily available, you can remove the polyurethane caulk from your hands.

Things Required:

– Lava soap
– Mineral spirits


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    Rinse your hands with mineral spirits

    First of all you need to rinse wash your hands in mineral spirits. These mineral spirits can be purchased from any art supply or hardware store.

    Be sure to take your time while rinsing your hands with mineral spirits as you will want to cover your entire hands to help remove the caulk.

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    Rub hands

    After rinsing your hands with mineral spirits, rub them together actively.  Do this step for several minutes. Use a little force to make sure that the mineral spirits are doing their job to loosen and remove the caulk from your hands.

  • 3

    Wash off mineral spirits

    After rubbing hands vigorously, rinse off the mineral spirits. Make sure that all of the mineral spirits are properly rinsed off using water.

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    Scrub hands with Lava soap

    After cleaning your hands and removing all mineral spirits, wash them with Lava soap which is also easily available from any hardware store. After applying the lava soap, the polyurethane will start peeling off from your hands. Lava soap is specifically designed to help remove stubborn items from your hands like grease and caulk.

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    Repeat the process if polyurethane residue remains

    In case there are still traces of polyurethane left on your hands then rinse your hands again with mineral spirits. After rubbing your hands robustly with the mineral spirits, repeat the process again. You might have to do this a few times as you will want to make sure that all of the polyurethane is completely removed from you hands.

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    You might want to apply a nice gentle moisturizer to replenish all of the softness that you might have lost using the lava soap and spirits. Any decent over the counter lotion or moisturizer will do the job effectively. You can also use a scented moisturizer to remove the smell of the spirit, lava soap and polyurethane from your hands.

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