No More Sticky Situations! This is How to Remove Super Glue

Shattered your favourite decoration piece and want to put it together? Super glue is the go-to miracle product for a lot of situations. This adhesive sets very quickly and it is very hard to break its strong bond.

Opened super glue on blue background

While this fast-acting product is a lifesaver in many situations, it is very easy to get on your fingers, your clothes, or other surfaces. Anyone who has used it knows how hard it is to remove it. And you may already know how to remove sticker residue, but not this one. Worried? Don’t be! We are here to guide you on how to remove super glue with simple and straightforward DIY steps! Without further ado, let’s get started!

What removes super glue?

There are several products that you can use to remove it from a surface. You can choose any item depending on the surface you are going to clean. Here are a few things that you can use:

Acetone/Nail polish remover

It is one of the most effective super-glue removers. If you can’t get your hands on pure acetone, you can use nail polish. You can use it for skin, wood, metal, plastic, etc. 

Keep in mind though that it can damage a few surfaces such as varnished wood, so you have to be careful. Plus, fabrics that are made from modacrylic fibres, acetate, triacetate, etc. are highly possible to face trouble as well.

Mineral spirits

Mineral spirits or white spirits are petroleum-based solvents that are used to clean paintbrushes and thin paint. They are less toxic than paint thinner and turpentine and can be used to remove super glue from fabric, hard surfaces, and skin.

Distilled white vinegar

You may already know that vinegar is useful for many purposes, like killing weeds, cleaning your washing machine, or even your oven’s glass door. And even though white vinegar is not as strong as non-natural products, it will easily help remove super glue. Undiluted vinegar is safe for use on skin, fabrics, wood, plastic, etc. which makes it a really versatile cleaner.

Glass jar with white vinegar

Vegetable oil

Vegetable oils such as corn oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc. are helpful in loosening it from your skin as well as surfaces such as countertops, plastic, laminate floors, etc. 

Lemon juice

If you are searching for a natural substitute, then you can go with lemon juice. The acid in it will easily cut through the glue bonds

Soapy water

Washing your hands in warm soapy water immediately after a glueing accident can help in removing any residue. If you use a bit of lotion or moisturizer after washing your hands, it will be more effective.

Emery board

An emery board gives the gentle abrasion that is required to remove super glue from nails, skin, and surfaces such as wood and metal. Just remember to be gentle while using it on your skin.

Sandpaper

If you need to remove hardened super glue for a surface such as wood, stone, plastic, metal, etc. However, sanding scratches the original surface as well, so make sure that you use it gently.

Paint scraper

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to be working, then you need an aggressive solution such as a paint scraper. However, the downside is that the scraper will damage the surface as well. 

How to remove super glue from skin

Things you will need

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Lemon juice
  • TweezersWoman shows her sticky hands from glue

Steps

  1. Firstly, give the glue a couple of minutes to dry and form a thin layer. Don’t touch the glue while it is sticky.
  2. With the help of clean tweezers, hold one edge of the dried glue and try to slowly peel it off from your skin
  3. If you feel pain, or the glue resists, stop and move on to the next step.
  4. Take some lukewarm water, and add a few drops of liquid soap to it.
  5. Soak the skin for about 60 seconds in this mixture.
  6. Try to remove the layer of softened glue away now.
  7. You may have to repeat this process a couple of times before the glue is removed completely.
  8. For better results, you can add some lemon juice to the soap mixture as well.
  9. If your skin is sensitive, you can soak the glued area in mineral spirits.
  10. You can use acetone as well but it may cause irritation or drying. After soaking your skin in soapy water, apply some for more efficient glue removal

Apart from this, you can also use laundry detergent, salt, margarine, and petroleum jelly as well to loosen it a bit.

How to remove super glue from clothes and upholstered furniture

Things you will need

  • Wet cloth
  • Liquid detergent
  • Water
  • Acetone
  • Toothbrush
  • Spatula
  • Putty knifeBamboo toothbrush ,glass of water with a cotton towel

Steps

  1. To remove it from clothes, you need to rub with a wet cloth first.
  2. Make sure that you don’t rub too hard in case of delicate fabrics.
  3. Add some liquid detergent to warm water, and then dip the cloth you are using to rub the fabric. This will be more effective than a simple wet cloth. 
  4. Take an old toothbrush and soak it in acetone.
  5. Rub it over the superglue stain and try to slowly lift it up.
  6. When the glue gets loose, use a spatula or blunt knife to lift and scrape the glue off.
  7. In the case of clothes, wash them normally. In the case of upholstered furniture, use a wet cloth to remove any residue.
  8. Always do a spot test on the fabric to ensure that you will not damage it.

How to remove super glue from wood and hard surfaces

Things you will need for treating plastic

  • Water
  • Liquid soap
  • Acetone
  • Spatula
  • Clean cloth

Steps

  1. Take some water and add some liquid soap to it.
  2. Dip a cloth in this mixture.
  3. Let the cloth sit on the troubled area for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, the glue would have softened and would start to peel off.
  5. If the glue doesn’t peel off, you can use acetone instead of the cleaning solution to soak the cloth in.
  6. Scrap off the peeling glue with a spatula, making sure that you aren’t damaging the plastic.
  7. Do a spot test to check that the plastic doesn’t get damaged by a small amount of acetone.
  8. Wipe off the plastic with a clean cloth after removing the glue. Stack of standpaapers

Things you will need for treating wood

  • Sandpaper
  • Acetone
  • Mineral oil
  • Wet cloth

Steps

  1. If after the spot test, you don’t see any damage, you can move on.
  2. Sand the affected area, but be very careful to not damage the wood during sanding.
  3. Clean the super glue with a wet cloth.
  4. Dip a cloth in acetone and apply it to the surface to remove any residual glue.
  5. Wipe off with a clean, wet cloth.

When you are removing super glue from wood, you have to consider whether the wood is finished or not. If the wood is unfinished, you can apply this method without any worries. In the case of finished wood, it can be a bit tricky since it can damage it. 

Again, spot tests the wood and see if it causes any damage. If you don’t want to risk it, you can use any cleaning product with nitromethane in it. You can also apply mineral oil to the glue to loosen it up and then scrape it off.

Things you will need for treating glass

  • Wet cloth
  • Nail polish remover
  • Super glue
  • Glass cleaner

Steps

  1. To remove glue from glass, first clean the glass with a wet cloth to remove any dirt, dust, grime, etc.
  2. Dip a cloth in nail polish remover.
  3. Rub the soaked cloth on the super glue.
  4. Repeat as many times as necessary.
  5. Clean the glass with a glass cleaner for better results.Woman is holding nail polish remover

Things you will need for treating metal

  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Acetone
  • Clean Cloth

Since metallic surfaces have finishes that can be damaged, it is necessary to do a spot test beforehand and ensure that it will damage the surface.

Steps

  1. If after the spot test, you don’t see any damage, you can move on.
  2. Apply masking tape around the area with super glue
  3. Sand the area and scrape off the glue using circular motions.
  4. Dip a cloth in acetone and apply it to the surface to remove any residual glue.
  5. Wipe off with a clean, wet cloth.Super glue tube on pink background

Super glue comes in handy in a lot of situations and is a miracle product. However, it also gets on your skin, clothes, and other surfaces as well. It is a common perception that super glue is hard to remove. However, this is not true. With the help of a little guidance and home remedies, you can enjoy your DIY projects using super glue without worrying about the rest.

Happy Crafting, Folks!

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