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How do you Remove Silicone from an OR Floor?

We had an breast implant rupture and some of the silicone got on the OR floor. We have tried everything to remove it but the floors continues to be very slippery. Do you have any tips for removing a substance like this from an OR floor?

Started by: Katie Osier (Director, Surgical Services/Director of Nursing) at December 28, 2016 (8:11 am)

Comments and Responses


The best way is to use Shurclens. It works very well - we only wish we could get it in Canada. It also works well to clean it from the breast as well.

Elizabeth Hall-Findlay (Medical Director/Chief Surgeon) at January 1, 2017 (0:33 am)

If all else fails, try letting it dry and scraping it off of the floor with a razor blade. Hope you find what helps.

Brenda Long (OR Manager/Supervisor) at December 30, 2016 (12:06 pm) [last edited on January 3, 2017 (9:31 am)]

we used alcohol to clean our ophthalmic instrumentation when inserting silicon oil into the eye. Call your maintenance department and get a can of BRAKE AWAY and apply. it cleans up hydraulic fluid from OR beds maybe it will clean up silicon

Carrie Hallett-Voss (Other) at December 28, 2016 (1:13 pm)

alcohol wipe down then mop as usual

tracy porter (Other) at December 28, 2016 (1:03 pm)

We have had this problem also. We used "Softscrub" to get the silicone off the floor. I have also heard you can "strip" (take the wax off) and reapply the wax again.

M. Chudow (OR Manager/Supervisor) at December 28, 2016 (12:34 pm)

This happend to us. Same exact issue - ruptured breast implant. Took over a week of routine cleaning with nothing special and it dissipated. We put a "slippery when wet" sign over the area to alert others to the danger, but thats it. Tincture of time.

An internet search recommends concentrated Pine Sol, no water, onto the floor. Rub it in. Let it sit. Rub it off. No more slippery floor. Hope it helps.

Philip Arbit MD (Medical Director/Chief Surgeon) at December 28, 2016 (12:34 pm)

I would contact the breast implant company research and development department. They should have resources and information regarding clean up.

James White (Medical Director/Chief Surgeon) at December 28, 2016 (12:32 pm)

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