Scrape away the solvent and polyurethane with a scraper, or wipe it away with a rag. Defer to the manufacturer's instructions, based on the substrate from which you are removing the polyurethane solvent. Typically, softer materials require solvent removal with a rag or soft brush, while hard surfaces can stand up to a scraper or stiff brush.
Blot excess solvent with disposable rags or paper towels. Place the towels or rags in a container as specified by the solvent manufacturer. Containers include water-filled metal cans or plastic trash bags. If the solvent is flammable, soak rags immediately in water to avoid combustion is necessary.
Rinse the substrate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Some manufacturer requirements include rinsing with plain water or washing three to four times with detergent and water. Some types of solvent may require neutralization with white vinegar or a specific chemical neutralizer.
Things You Will Need
- Soft brush
- Stiff brush
- Paper towels
- Metal can
- Trash bags
- White vinegar
- Chemical neutralizer
- Wear chemical-approved safety goggles, chemical-approved respirator, chemical-approved jumpsuit and chemical-approved gloves when working with solvents.
- Call your local hazardous waste department for instructions regarding safe disposal.
- Always remove and neutralize solvents after use to stop the solvent's chemical reaction.