How to Remove Super Glue From a Wooden Surface

Super Glue contains ingredients that help it to form a fast and strong bond. This handy substance is effective for many repair projects around the house. When an accidental drip or spill causes Super Glue to end up on a wooden surface such as your floor or furniture, you must proceed with caution when removing the Super Glue so you don't damage the finish of your wood.

Allow the Super Glue to dry completely on your wood surface.

Sand the dried Super Glue with 80-grit sandpaper to wear away as much glue as possible. Continue to rub the sandpaper back and forth, moving with the grain of the wood, until you get as close as you can to the wood surface without touching it.

Vacuum the dust from sanding with your vacuum cleaner.

Dampen a cotton swab tip with nail polish remover. Gently swab the remaining Super Glue to break the bond and remove the glue from the surface.

Wash off the nail polish remover and glue residue with vinegar and a clean cloth. Dry the wood with another cloth. If the nail polish remover took off any wood finish, touch it up with a paintbrush and wood finish touch-up.


Protect wood surfaces by laying aluminium foil over the wood before using Super Glue. Use a plastic scraper to help lift softened Super Glue.


Avoid wiping up a Super Glue spill on your wood surface, as you may end up smearing it and creating a bigger mess.

Things You'll Need

  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • Vacuum
  • Cotton swabs
  • Nail polish remover
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Wood finish touch-up
  • Paintbrush
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.