A silicone remover is specially designed product that is aimed at breaking the polymer bonds that are the basis behind a silicone product. This product can be used to clean of certain substances from an area, for example: cleaning of residue from a protective product before applying a coating.
What is silicone
Silicones are synthetic polymers. This means they are polymers that are created and/or manufacturered by mankind and don’t exist in nature. The plastic of the mouse that you are holding in your hand is actually a polymer which can be combined with silicones. The idea behind silicones is that they can be added to a recipe to either enhance certain properties or add certain properties. For example, silicones can be used to increase the durability of wax, increase the reflective index (gloss) from a sealant or make a dressing last longer by adhering better. There are many types of polymers and/or silicones and they all have certain properties. Polymers (synthetic or natural) can be made in liquid or solid form.
Why remove silicones
Silicones can be very stubborn, some are difficult to remove completely. When left behind, they can affect the performance of the products you are applying on top. For example: if a painter is re-spraying a car, the surface needs to have a very even and low surface energy. If there is silicone on the surface, the paint might not stick properly, creating surface imperfections when drying.
A silicone remover will make it much easier to fully remove silicones.
Silicone removers can come in liquid form, paste form, as wipes and there are even additives that can be added to a cleaning solution (although this last one appears to be less effective).