How to Get Caulking Out of Fabric

If you're not exceedingly careful when using it, caulk can get everywhere, and it happens to be a very difficult stain to get out of fabric. Here are some tips that will help you save your clothes.

Step 1

If you've gotten caulk on clothing or something else you can put in a washing machine, start by washing the item in a heavy-duty cycle. Use bleach if possible. Use cold water, as hot water can cause the caulk to melt and sink deeper into the fabric.

Step 2

After the item is dry, or if you weren't able to wash it, scrape off any excess caulk with a straight blade or a pair of scissors. Be careful: If the caulk has hardened, it will be easy to cut the fabric.

Step 3

Apply ice to the spot. When the caulk freezes, it is easier to scrape off. Try the scissors or razor blade again.

Step 4

Apply a spot treatment like Goo Gone. If you can, put the fabric through another cycle in the washing machine. If not, scrub it in warm water.


Savannah McDermott

Savannah McDermott is an instructor of English as a second language in Zafra, Spain. She has a bachelor's degree in Spanish and international studies from Indiana University. She has been writing since 2000 and has extensive experience in both academic and journalistic writing. McDermott has been published in the "Senator" and the "Indiana Daily Student," her high school and college newspapers.