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How to Remove Spray Foam from Skin
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By: Ryan Litwiller on August 21st, 2017

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How to Remove Spray Foam from Skin

spray foam on skin  |  DIY  |  FAQ

You were finally confident enough in your handyman skills to try spray foam installation yourself, but things didn’t go as well as you planned.

You traveled to the home improvement store, picked up the spray insulation materials, and came home to start the project.

It was going to be easy, of course, just like the home improvement store commercials make every project look. Except it wasn’t.

The spray was misdirected a bit and got everywhere – the walls, some furniture, and worst of all your clothes and skin.

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Don’t panic.

It will be a pain, that’s for sure but there’s hope. Most people have no idea how to remove spray foam from skin, but we have the answers. RetroFoam of Michigan has more than 15 years of experience installing foam insulation, so it is bound to get somewhere on the installer’s body.

Big sigh. Deep breath. Now let’s get that foam off.

How to Remove Spray Foam Insulation from Skin and Hands

If the spray foam insulation hasn’t dried yet, you’re in luck.

Grab an old rag and moisten it up in acetone. Acetone is a household chemical with a reputation for removing things. Nail polish remover is a totally acceptable substitute, especially if it has acetone in it.

Then just rub, baby rub.

If they spray foam insulation has dried, acetone won’t do the trick, so you’ll have to resort to Plan B.

“Fill a pair of rubber gloves about half full of a solution of water and dish soap,” according to The SF Gate. “Clean your hands and put on the gloves, then tape them around your wrists and leave them on for a few hours. When you remove them, your skin may have softened enough to loosen the bond with the foam.”

Another method to remove spray foam from the skin is to rub a pumice stone over the dried foam insulation. The next step is to apply petroleum jelly to the area, cover it with a glove, and let the jelly soak in. After an hour, take off the glove and wash with warm water and soap, according to Air Seal Insulators Inc.

Commercial solvents are also available, but it is always best to try simple home remedies first to avoid any kind of reactions.

An Alternative to DIY Spray Foam

For many small projects going the DIY spray foam method is a great option. However, if you want to avoid these potential DIY hazards altogether for larger and more complex projects, hire a professional foam insulation contractor to successfully get the insulation in your attic, walls, and rim joist – not on your hands.

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