You were finally confident enough in your handyman skills to try spray foam installation yourself.
So you traveled to the home improvement store, picked up the materials and came home to start.
It was going to be easy, of course, just like the home improvement store commercials make every project look.
Except that it wasn’t.
The spray was misdirected a bit and got on your walls, some furniture and, worst of all, your clothes and skin.
It will be a pain, that’s for sure, but there’s hope. People do know how to remove spray foam from skin.
Big sigh. Deep breath.
How to remove spray foam insulation from hands
If the spray foam insulation hasn’t dried yet, you’re in luck. Grab an old rag and moisten it up in acetone, a household chemical with a reputation for removing things. Nail polish remover is a totally acceptable substitute.
Then rub, baby rub.
Your hands may be very dry after this so wash them and then moisturize your hands with lotion, lanolin or another substance to restore oils.
If the spray foam insulation has dried, this method won’t work and you will have to resort to Plan B.
“Fill a pair of rubber gloves about half full of a solution of water and dish soap,” The SF Gate writes. “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 skin is to rub a pumice stone over the dried foam insulation. Then apply petroleum jelly to the area, cover it with a glove, and let the jelly soak into it for more than 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.
If you want to avoid these potential DIY hazards altogether, hire a professional foam insulation contractor in Michigan to successfully get the insulation in your attic, walls, and rim joist – not on your hands.