How to Remove Cured Spray Foam
There may come a time when you will have to learn how to remove cured spray foam in your attic or elsewhere in your house. That’s not easy because this is a product that was meant to stay in place once it’s been applied in your attic, basement, or any other space in your home that it’s used in.
Don’t mistake that for meaning that it can’t be removed because that is not true. It also does not have to take a painstaking effort on your part to get it done. Here are some of the best ways to remove cured spray foam.
Before you learn how to remove cured spray foam, it’s best to first go over what you should not waste your time trying. Here are a few of those:
Do Not Use Acetone
Many people are aware that you can use acetone to clean spray foam off of surfaces and your hands during the application process. The problem is, this is done before the foam has cured. Once it has cured, acetone has virtually no impact on spray foam.
Do Not Apply Heat
Using heat is not only a great way to get rid of spray foam but to also burn down your entire home. In other words, you should never apply any type of heat to enhance the cured spray foam removal process. Not only does it not work well but it also is done with a ton of risk involved. That includes being exposed to the somewhat toxic gases that are given off when spray foam is heated.
If you came here looking for a little-known trick that takes off spray foam quickly and easily, you are about to be sadly disappointed. Spray foam is that stubborn a material once it has cured. That’s why it makes such a good insulator. All is not lost though because the following methods will help make any spray foam removal process go a little smoother.
I could have probably titled this heading elbow grease but that might make you stop reading and then you would never know how to remove cured spray foam. Using tools is one of the best ways to do this. They even have what is known as an 8-in-one tool that can handle several phases of your DIY spray foam removal project. You can also use saws to easily cut out big chunks of spray foam that are not close to objects such as wires. Brushing also works well to clean up surfaces once the majority of the spray foam is removed from them as well as using different grits of sandpaper to do the final spray foam cleaning process.
Chemical-Based Spray Foam Removal
Some companies claim to have formulated products that will remove cured spray foam. However, there is usually no guarantee with such products. There is also one big problem with them. You will have to remove a majority of the cured spray foam by mechanical separation before these can be effective once they are applied. They supposedly will clean off residual cured spray foam on surfaces once they have been applied and are allowed to sit on spray foam for around 2-minutes.
Now that you already know the basics on how to remove cured spray foam, it is now time to decide whether you will do this on your own or if you will get assistance from a professional. Especially if you will be applying insulation over the area where you removed spray foam, it is best to get help from a trusted contractor to do the job for you. All Florida Insulation doesn’t only apply spray foam insulation, we can also help you remove existing insulation. We offer our services in Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and the surrounding areas. Call us at (407) 410-FOAM (3626) to request a free estimate.