Super glue is great stuff. It can fix all sorts of things around the home and beyond. However, because it’s so good at fixing things and generally “gluing” stuff together—that also makes it quite hard to remove. If you’ve ever accidentally glued something with superglue, you’ll know exactly what this is like. Super glue is called super for a reason, and that’s because it glues stuff together really well.
But what do you do if you want to remove super glue, or unfix something that’s been glued together with it accidentally, or incorrectly? This isn’t always as straightforward as you might think. However, if you want to know—then you’ve found the right article for you.
In this article, we’re going to look at a number of different ways to remove super glue. Not all of them are appropriate for every type of glue or every different item you might have accidentally, incorrectly, or unnecessarily glued together. If you’ve glued a body part to something, then you might have to phone the emergency services immediately. This article isn’t for those sorts of emergencies. However, for regular household items and other things, one of these methods will hopefully work for you.
Remember, super glue is strong stuff. Always work carefully when using it. Sometimes, the best solution to gluing the wrong thing is simply being more precautious and not having that problem in the first place. Always work slowly and carefully with superglue, and make sure you have the right tools to make the job go smoothly (and not too gluey).
How to remove super glue
When you want to start learning how to remove super glue, it actually depends what you’ve glued it to. There are different methods for different things. While we already mentioned that you should go to hospital or some other professional if you glued yourself to something else, if you just have some super glue stuck to your fingers or somewhere else then this probably isn’t necessary.
If you’vge got glue on your fingers, try picking them to remove any dried super glue. This will work well if you don’t have snensitive skin. Of course, if the glue hasn’t dried yet, it will be easy to wash off. But this article is assuming the super glue has dried and now you need something to remove it. THere’s another thing to remember with superglue if it hasn’t dried— don’t touch it if it’s still sticky. Washing it off can work but do not touch with another hand or item as you could get stuck to it. Superglue dries really fast so you need to be careful.
If picking your skin doesn’t work, you can try tweezers or other tools. You can also soak your finger in warm water to loosen the glue and then peel it away. Other chemicals like acetone can work but you need to be really careful with this sort of solution, and wash it off straight after. Don’t get any near your face. Never use a cotton bud with acetone as this can burst into flames. Nail polish remove can be good for removing super glue as well, as long as you’re careful. You can also try using margarine. These can all be applied after soaking the glue in warm water.
If you have super glue on other more sensitive parts of the body like the eyes or lips, you should visit a professional immediately. Trying to remove by yourself with chemicals may not be safe, and you won’t want to make the situation worse.
But what about if you haven’t got glue on your skin, but still want to know how to remove it from household items?
How to remove super glue from wood, metal and stone
If you have got glue on smooth surfaces like wood, metal and stone, you won’t need to be quite as careful as removing it from your skin. You should still use caution not to damage the surfaces beyond repair, but you can use a bit more force when trying to scratch the glue off initially. This should be the first step, peeling with your fingers or other tools like a knife or spatula. This can actually be enough in some instances.
If it scratching isn’t enough by itself, then you can move onto the next step which starts with soaking the area in warm water and liquid dishwashing fluid. Place a soaked cloth on the glued area and leave it there for a few hours. You might need to put plastic wrap over it to keep it moist. After this, you can try scraping again and much more glue should come off.
If this still doesn’t work, you can apply acetone to the area. Again, be careful with chemicals like this. Don’t use them if you don’t know what you’re doing, and don’t use them with certain items. Always work carefully with chemicals. This can help loosen the glue even more so it’s even easier to remove with a spatula.
Hopefully, these steps are enough. If not, you can try mineral oils, lemon juice, or even sanding down and repolishing the wood. This will obviously only work with wood though.
If you have glue on fabric or material, you can soak the entire item and then use cleaning products to help get the glue out. You might also want to take your item to a dry cleaner or specialized cleaner, as these can have a lot of experience and expertise in getting glue and other stains out of materials.
Hopefully, you now know enough so that you can start removing glue from things. Remember, the best way to remove glue is not to get it on things in the first place. If you’re working with glue, then put newspaper down and work steadily. Don’t put too much on or spill it. This is easier than trying to remove it after.