How to Remove Super Glue

By Subodh / April 24, 2012

Superglue is the superman of adhesives, and it is used everywhere from homes to industries. It can bond so rapidly and strongly that if you happen to spill just a few drops of it on your fingers, they will stick together before you realize what you have just done. If extra care is not taken when using superglue, this useful substance can damage your clothes, furniture and household items and even render them useless. Fortunately, even superglue has its nemesis and acetone is its ultimate enemy. In the absence of acetone, nail polish remover can also be used equally effectively. Here are some effective ways to remove superglue from everyday items with and without the use of acetone.

From Clothes/fabrics: Put the cloth/fabric on the ironing board, place a paper towel on the area affected by the superglue, and then press it with warm iron. Increase the heat gradually until the superglue melts. The melted glue will be absorbed by the paper towel. If some of the glue is still there, replace the paper towel with a new paper towel and repeat the process until there is no trace of the glue left.

From Glass: Soak a ball of cotton in acetone or nail polish remover and place the same on the area affected by superglue. Leave it for a few minutes to give the superglue time to dissolve and then wipe if off with a fresh cotton ball.

From Metal: The first thing you’ll need to do is wear a pair of latex gloves to protect your skin from corrosion. Take a piece of rug or a large cotton ball and dab it with acetone or nail polish remover. Wipe the affected part of the metal with the rug or cotton ball until the superglue softens. Pluck off he softened superglue with a plastic scraper and throw it into the dustbin. Finally, wash the metal surface with soap and water, and dry it with a cotton cloth.

From Counter-tops and Laminated flooring: Put a few drops of acetone or nail polish remover on the affected area and wait until the superglue dissolves. Scrape of the glue with a plastic scrape and wipe off the remainder with a clean cloth. Remove the remaining stain by gently rubbing with a fine sand paper.

From your Skin: If you have accidentally spilled superglue on any part of your body, first resist the temptation to scratch it off with your fingers or any sharp object as doing so may result in injury. Put a few drops of acetone-based nail polish remover on the affected area and wait for the superglue to dissolve. After the glue has dissolved, wash it off with water and soap. Depending upon the severity of the spillage, this may have to be done several times until the glue is completely removed.