September 27th, 2011, 10:35 AM
On a trip this past week I had a container of silicone grease open in my Northface backpack (brand new, first time using it). Luckily it was in the top flap pocket so only the flap and 2 items (clothes) were affected. I tried a few different ways to get it of while on the road (lemon juice, hot water, I rubbed off as much as I could with a cloth), but there is still a lot on the items (at least they are really waterproof now). Any ideas how I can get this stuff off? Thanks in advance.
September 27th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Try Dawn dish washing soap. Use it straight. We use it to get the bunker oil off of our drysuits and diving gear after diving wrecks. It takes some working but stay at it. You know it's gentle if they use it on animals to get off crude oil.
September 27th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Little-used fact of chemistry. Petroleum-based products will dissolve with alcohol. Water-based products will dissolve with alcohol. I sometimes use alcohol to start a clean-up and finish with soapy water. If this 'silicone' grease is petro based this could work.