Remove Super Glue
Tried and True Tips To Remove Super Glue
It’s good to know how to remove super glue, because most of us will have a super glue mishap at some point. Super glue is a go-to for fixing old things and making new ones, but it can be a real pain to remove. The best method to use will vary depending on what you’re trying to remove it from.
First, don’t feel bad. Super glue forms a strong bond as soon as it dries. Most varieties are very quick drying formulas, which means that anything you touch with the glue becomes stuck almost immediately.
How To Remove Super Glue From Skin
- Soak skin right away. Use some soap and gently rub the glue. If you catch it early on, this will sometimes work to remove all the glue.
- Try acetone. As long as the glue is not on a mucous membrane (eyes, nose, mouth), rub on some fingernail polish remover with acetone in it. The glue will probably peel off. Use adequate ventilation, though, since acetone is a strong solvent.
- Try using a pumice stone or emery board to carefully scrape off the glue. Use caution, though, so you don’t abrade your skin.
- Some people have been able to remove super glue by using the heavy-duty hand cleaners mechanics use to remove grease.
- Use oil and sand or salt as a scrub to remove the glue. Rub in a circular motion.
- Of course, you can let the adhesive properties of the glue run their course and simply allow the glue to wear off. You can help it along by rubbing it with your fingers periodically. This can take a couple of days, but it will come off eventually.
How To Remove Super Glue From Fabrics and Surfaces
- Acetone can also be used for getting super glue off of hard surfaces like countertops and laminate floors – even windows and mirrors. You’ll need to put a bit on top of the glue and let it sit for several seconds and then rub it with a rag … You can also try this same method with rubbing alcohol. Always test on an inconspicuous area to test for bad reactions like discolorations. Don’t use acetone on wood or painted surfaces.
- You can also try a fine sandpaper to work the glue off of a hard surface – just don’t go too far and scratch your countertop or floor.
- For metal, superglue can often be scrubbed off with a simple solution of dish soap and hot water. The hotter the water, the more effective this method will be. In fact, it should be so hot that you need gloves to work with it.
- Try using a sharp razor blade to scrape hardened glue from a hard surface. This works best with glass. Always use extreme caution and angle the blade away from your body.
- There are commercial products you can try using to remove super glue from household surfaces. These products usually work very well, but are highly toxic and so must be used carefully. Always read instructions and warnings thoroughly before using these kinds of products and make sure that the area you’re working in is well ventilated. Also, remember to keep any chemicals away from pets and kids.
- Fabrics are much harder to remove super glue from than smooth, less-porous materials. Some types of fabric will take an acetone treatment without breaking down, but don’t even try this on your delicates. With most fabrics, you’re stuck letting it wear off. Just wash, and wash – and wash some more. You may not ever be able to fully remove super glue from clothing, blankets, and other such items. If you’ve gotten super glue on a beloved garment, find a good cleaner in your area and hope they know some glue removing tricks!