How To Remove Spray Foam From Your Hands?

Imagine this - You decided to spray foam your home yourself after watching some spray foam advertisements. You go to the store, buy the latest product out there and decide to start the project on your own.

However, things didn’t go as well as you expected you. The perfection that you expected from your job, as seen in all the advertisements out there wasn’t achievable.

So now, what you have got is a pair of hands with spray foam all over them and even some other parts of your skin.

This might sound like a big painful situation, but don’t panic. We at Spray Foam Parts and Supplies are adept enough to help you with the situation. In our vast experience in the spray foam industry, we’ve seen, experienced, and provide solutions to each and everything around spray foam.

So sit back, take a deep breath and let’s get that foam removed from your skin.[1]

What’s there in Spray Foam?

Spray polyurethane foam or spray foam consists of two different liquid chemical components. The two components are named Side A & Side B. These two sides or components are mixed at the site before the installation.

Side A is made up of isocyanates, and the B side consists of polyol, flame retardants, and aine catalysts. These chemicals present in these components create hazardous fumes during their applications.

Once the foam gets mixed, applied, and dried it becomes inert. However, in cases where the components aren’t mixed up properly, they might not react fully and can remain toxic.

How To Remove Spray Foam When It’s Still Wet?

So while you were doing the repairs and getting things sorted at your place with spray foam, some of it got stuck on your skin.

However, you notice it quickly and it’s still wet and uncured. DON’T wipe it off directly. Wiping it off directly can make things worse for you.

Instead of wiping it off directly, take an old rag, and soak it with acetone. Acetone is a component that can most probably be found in nail polish removers at your homes.

Once you bring the acetone in contact with the foam, it tends to weaken the bond and dissolve it into a more liquid form. As soon as the foam starts to dissolve, it becomes much easier and effective to wipe it off with a paper towel.

After done, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Acetone usually removes the natural oils of your hands and skin as well. Hence, it is always advised to moisturize the area where it has been applied to replenish the skin with the needed moisture.

How To Remove Spray Foam When It’s Dry?

In this scenario, luck’s actually not on your end probably.

While doing the spray foaming job, you didn’t notice that a lot of that spray foam is on your hands now. It’s been some time and it has dried up.

While you might try to remove the dried up component, it's quite stubborn. Now, this is where it sits still and lets it dry.

Yes, you read that right. Let the foam dry up before you tend to do anything. Since it's already partially dried, it’s better to let it dry before you get it removed.

The first and the most popular solution out there is to rub the pumice stone on the accumulated and dried up spray foam. Rub the stone dry foam just like you’d rub it on your heels. This will help shed away all the excess foam from your hands.

After you are done rubbing the dry foam above, apply some petroleum jelly on the affected area, and cover it with a plastic glove. Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly afterward.

Another unconventional way to remove the spray foam from your hands would be to use a plastic or rubber glove.

Clean your hands thoroughly. Fill a rubber glove with water and dishwashing solution. Put your hands inside and tape the opening using tape. Keep the gloves on for a few hours before you remove them.

After a few hours, as you remove the gloves, your skin would’ve softened up enough to remove the spray foam accumulated on your hands.

How To Remove Spray Foam From Your Hair?

In case the spray foam gets in your hair, do not move a muscle. While some of your hair is already in contact with the spray foam, ensure that other areas stay safe and secure.

If the foam, where it got in contact with your hair, is still wet, wipe it off immediately. After doing that, use an acetone-based nail polish remover on the wet compound that’s still left on the hair.

The spray foam has dried up and cured? Don’t panic. If the spray foam has dried up in your hair, it’ll most probably be put in a few washes in say, a week.

In case there’s still some left, we suggest getting your hair cropped to suitable lengths before you move further.


Spray foaming is an amazing solution for your energy saving needs, there’s no doubt in that. However, to reap the full benefits of the process, it is always recommended to know all about it.

Before you go on your spray foaming escapade, we highly recommend you to read more about the process and all the precautions one should take while spray foaming.

Make sure that you are fully protected, the next time you go on to spray foam your place. Get protective equipment for yourself and your loved ones today only on Spray Foam Parts & Supplies.

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