How Do You Remove Super Glue?

To remove Super Glue, apply a nail polish remover that contains acetone to the glue, and let it sit for five minutes. Loosen the glue with a soft brush or a plastic scrubbing pad. Repeat as necessary. Remove the nail polish remover with a rag and warm, soapy water.

  1. Apply nail polish remover to the glue

    Choose a nail polish remover that lists acetone as an ingredient. Dab small areas with a clean cotton swab soaked in the remover. To remove larger patches of glue, use cotton balls or pads.

  2. Let the nail polish remover sit on the glue

    Wait five minutes for the acetone in the remover to soften the glue.

  3. Scrub the surface with a soft brush

    Work the loosened glue bits up from the surface with a soft brush or a plastic scrubbing pad. Sandpaper is an option on surfaces that are not easily damaged.

  4. Repeat as necessary

    Reapply nail polish remover as necessary, and keep working the glue loose with the brush or scrubbing pad. A metal scraper is useful to carefully scrape up the last bits of glue.

  5. Wash away the nail polish remover

    Wet a soft cloth in warm, soapy water. Wipe up the nail polish remover with the cloth. Rinse with fresh water, and polish the surface dry.

For fabrics, loosen the super glue with acetone and then scrub the super glue off with a toothbrush. Soaking the fabrics in warm soapy water dissolves the super glue bonds. The warm soapy water method is recommended for fabrics that get discolored by acetone. Acetone is effective for super glue on floors, countertops, tables, and other hard surfaces. Standard super glue is not recommended for use on glass and soaking in water should help remove super glue from glass surfaces.

For super glue bonded onto skin, immerse the skin with warm soapy water to loosen the bond. Then use a spoon or spatula to peel or roll the skin apart. Acetone also works well to remove super glue adhesives from the skin. Caution should be taken when using acetone on skin. Acetone is an irritant to skin, especially the eyes, nose and throat. Inhaling acetone fumes may cause headache, nausea, dizziness, and drowsiness.