How to Get Rid of Super Glue

A square inch of super glue is very powerful. It can actually hold more than a ton, which is the reason that this kind of glue is used to fix just about anything.

One of the items it can repair is broken mugs, but it also can be used to repair jewelry, flower pots, or craft projects. However, using super glue can be a mess because it accidentally sticks to your fingers sometimes or it stains objects.

You have to remove it from your fingers in the right way or your skin could be damaged. One common problem is that your skin could tear when super glue is used.

Super Glue Bonding Process

One of the active ingredients that make up super glue is cyanoacrylate. It is an acrylic resin that forms an almost instant strong bond. This is a bond that is much stronger than ordinary white glue used by kids in schools.

When the super glue dries it leaves a latex covering on the area where it has been applied. This super glue bond is caused by a process known s anionic polymerization.

However, you should note that before this glue hardens that a cyanoacrylate molecule links up as glue comes in contact with small amounts of water. At this point molecules whip around in chains and they form a durable plastic mesh, and then the glue thickens and hardens. At one point, the molecule strands no longer move.

Learning a bit about the super glue hardening process can help you address issues related to removing it from surfaces. One place where you may need to remove it from is your body.

Super Glue Removal from Body

Super glue sometimes can be dangerous if it is left on your fingers, mouth, nose, or eyes. It can be hard to remove safely, but doing so is not impossible.

Here is some advice about how to remove super glue from these body parts:

  • Fingers-Soak your hand in a mixture of water, soap, and vinegar. Try to make the water as hot as you can stand it but not so hot that it would burn your hand.

Once the glue starts to soften move your fingers around to loosen them from one another if they are. Do not force your fingers apart and then wet a cotton swab with an acetone-based nail polish remover.

Then, gently rub the cotton swab on the affected area. At this time the glue and skin might peel off. You should continue to rotate your fingers gently so that the glue continues to come loose. If you have problems softening up the glue go to the doctor.

  • Nose or mouth-First, you should never open a super glue tube using your mouth. Otherwise, you could risk accidentally gluing your lips, teeth, or nostrils together.

However, if you do accidentally get in in these sensitive areas just apply some warm water to the affected location. Apply as warm of water as you can stand and apply it generously, or you could use your saliva to wet the glue.

An alternative treatment method would be to use a generous amount of margarine to the affected area. This would soften the glue further.

  • Eyes-Continuously wash the affected area from 15 minutes. Then, hold your eyes open and apply a moist gauze patch but does not force open your eyelids. Otherwise you could open up wounds.

Then, go to your doctor and have the affected area cleaned, but try not to rub it too much. Otherwise, irritation could result. After this initial treatment you should then allow the eye to open within one to four days.

If the glue lands directly on the eyeball, use a warm solution of sodium bicarbonate to wash your eyes. Then, remove the adhesive. Weeping and double vision may occur until the glue has removed itself several hours later.

Cleaning up Super Glue Spills

Super often hardens in places where a little bit of water is present. This sometimes causes two objects to be stuck together by accident.

Here are some steps for cleaning up general super glue spills:

  1. Wipe away any wet glue using a terrycloth towel or paper towel.
  2. Soak the affect objects in warm, soapy water and then rub off as much as the hardened glue as possible.
  3. Wet your towel with an acetone-based nail polish remover. After that dab the hardened glue away until it dissolves. Of course, test this solution in an inconspicuous spot first before using full force just to make sure no damage results.
  4. Scrub the glue-soiled spot with a toothbrush until the glue flakes off.
  5. If there is any left-over glue on the objects you just soaked and scrubbed, try sanding it off with fine sandpaper.
  6. The last of the glue can be removed using a commercial glue remover.

Other Super Glue Removal Tips

Sometimes super glue gets stuck on fabric. In this case, you should wash the soiled item in your washing machine, provided that the fabric can be washed safe this way.

Once the wash cycle has finished, you can check it for any remaining stain. However, do not place the glue-soiled item in the dryer. Otherwise, the glue may further harden.

Another rather unconventional tip would be to dab a little bit of lighter fluid on the item. Then, peel off the glue.