Silicone caulk is a widely used product with many different types of applications such as sealing a bathtub, shower, sink or window. While using this material, it's easy to drop some of the caulk on nearby carpeting. If it happens, there's no need to panic. The important thing to remember is to clean it up as soon as possible, before it has time to dry. With the right tools on hand, you can quickly and easily clean up the mess.
Using Gel Solvent
Act quickly to remove the silicone caulk from the carpet before it dries.
Put on latex or rubber gloves. Scrape up the excess caulk from the carpeting with a putty knife.
Apply gel solvent to the affected area by squeezing a small quantity onto the carpet. Agitate the carpet fibers with your gloved fingers. Allow the solvent to dissolve the remaining caulk.
Steam clean the area to get rid of the residue.
Apply an absorbent carpet powder to the affected area to avoid wicking of the carpet fibers. Allow the powder to remain on the area for the recommended time, and then vacuum up thoroughly.
Using Spray Solvent
Act as quickly as possible to remove the silicone caulk from the carpet. If it dries it will become very difficult to remove.
Put on latex or rubber gloves, and scrape up the excess caulk from the carpet with a putty knife.
Spray the silicone caulk solvent onto the affected area of the carpet, and agitate with gloved fingers.
Blot with a clean, terry cloth towel to dry. If necessary, use a clean cloth with warm water to blot the area before drying.