How to Get Rid of Super Glue?

Super glue is a great product for repairing items that have broken with everyday use. In the past few decades the technology has advanced to the point that most broken items can be fixed with this glue, no matter what the material. But the excellent holding power of super glue also makes it difficult to remove from surfaces where it doesn’t belong.

We don’t have to live with this leftover glue, though. There are ways to get rid of super glue but we have to use the right stuff to get the job done.

Different Surfaces
If you get super glue on your skin you may be able to get smaller amounts of super glue off with some regular hand lotion, soap and warm water. Put a little cream on the spot then wash this with soap and water. This isn’t magic but with a little rubbing you can get most of the glue to come off.

If you soak the glue in mix of water and soap then rub the spot with a towel or cloth you may be able to remove most of the glue. You might also try using your nail polish remove. This probably shouldn’t be rubbed into the skin but if you just dab at it the glue should be loosened enough to come off. Goo-Gone is another product that might help to remove super glue. Never use gasoline or lighter fluid. This can actually cause more problems for you than the glue will.

Super GlueGetting rid of super glue on solid surfaces like wood or counter tops is possible using some of the same methods as mentioned above. Of course, you can be a little more aggressive with these surfaces than you can with your skin. The first thing you’ll want to do is clean up what you can with a damp towel or cloth. Warm water and soap will work, as will nail polish if it contains acetone as an active ingredient.

When super glue gets on harder surfaces you can use an old toothbrush or similar small brush to break up the glue after treating the spot as described above. You can also use some commercially available product. There are glue-removal products at many stores. As mentioned before you should not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other harsh products for glue removal!

Other Ideas
Super glue contains a specific type of resin that bonds much more strongly than other types of glue. Keep in mind that a small amount of cold water may actually make the glue bind up more than it would if left to dry. That’s why warm water, soap and a few other chemicals must be used to remove super glue.

If you get super glue on clothing or fabric furniture you should first use soap and warm water and then wash the fabric if possible. Most manufacturers advise against putting the item in the dryer. This may cause any remaining glue to become harder. Always use caution when handling super glue.

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