Link to the original article on removing spray foam from your skin by Allstate Insulation
Spray foam is pretty remarkable stuff, but it can get very messy fast. When spray foam gets on your skin it can be pretty hard to get off. Lucky for you we have some tips and tricks in this article to help soothe the removal process.
Now that you have finally got those holes and cracks sealed up and checked off your todo list, how do you go about getting that spray foam off of your hands?
Removing Wet Uncured Spray Foam Insulation From Your Skin
Your first reaction will be to try to wipe it off, DONT! That’s the worst thing that you can do. Spray foam takes a few minutes to fully cure and dry before it comes solid. it’s one of the most sticky, messy things you can encounter when dealing with building products.
There are solvents available like acetone, that dissolve wet uncured spray foam very easily. Once the acetone comes into contact with the foam “blob”, it will melt it away into a more liquid form that is much easier to wipe away and clean from your skin.
Remember that acetone does remove the natural oils from your skin so be sure to moisturize the area after to replenish the oils in your skin, or the area may become irritated, crack, and then bleed from scratching or rubbing the area because it is so dry.
Removing Dry, Cured Spray Foam Insulation On Your Skin
The easiest solution is to sit still letting the foam completely dry then pull it off your skin. It might take a few arm hairs along with the hardened foam-blob but it should come off the skin fairly easy depending on the amount of body hair. If there is too much hair embedded into the foam chunk you are trying to remove, you may have to shave the hair away or break up the foam-blob into smaller pieces.
So you have tried everything and there is still some dried foam on your skin. You can’t seem to get it off, what now? Well, a good old pumice stone should do the trick! Sand down the foam by rubbing the pumice stone on the hard foam like you would on the callus on your heel.
We’ve almost got all the foam off our skin but there’s still a stubborn spot somewhere awkward you can’t quite get with the pumice stone…
We have one more trick up our sleeves to remove foam from your hands or skin; exfoliating soaps. This is basically soap with sand-like exfoliating beads embedded into the soap so when you wash your skin. It really scrubs the dead skin off and along with any residue from the foam.
The BEST way to remove spray foam from your hands is to…
“Have us take it off your hands!”
You have better things to do than mess around with Spray Foam Insulation. We can do it for you, have our trained professionals take care of the job for you!