How to remove super glue residue

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How to remove super glue residue
Use cotton buds to help remove Super Glue residue. (Cotton swab image by lefebvre_jonathan from

Super Glue creates a strong, permanent bond between surfaces. If you accidentally get Super Glue on your skin, clothing or another surface, you can remove it, but you must do so quickly and carefully. Use supplies found in most homes to remove Super Glue residue, restoring the surface to its original condition.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Acetone-based nail polish remover
  • Cotton buds or cotton wool balls
  • Plastic scraper
  • Mild liquid soap
  • Water
  • Cleaning cloths

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  1. 1

    Soak a cotton wool ball or cotton bud in acetone-based nail polish remover. Squeeze out the excess nail polish remover.

    How to remove super glue residue
    Cotton wool balls are gentle cleaners. (make-up time image by Pix by Marti from
  2. 2

    Wipe at the area where the Super Glue residue is located. Be gentle as you wipe your skin, but apply more pressure to other surfaces. Add more nail polish remover to the cotton wool ball, if needed, and continue to wipe until the residue lifts.

  3. 3

    Scrape Super Glue residue off surfaces using a plastic scraper.

    How to remove super glue residue
    Scrape away Super Glue residue lifted by the acetone. (scraper image by timur1970 from
  4. 4

    Apply a few drops of mild liquid soap to a dampened cleaning cloth. Scrub skin or any other surface using the soapy cloth. Rub to remove any remaining Super Glue residue. Use care as you rub your skin with the cloth.

    How to remove super glue residue
    A mild liquid soap makes a great multipurpose cleaner. (Bottles/containers of hand wash/handwash. Liquid soap. Hygiene image by L. Shat from
  5. 5

    Rinse with cool water and dry with a clean towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Place aluminium foil on your work surface prior to using Super Glue.
  • Wear rubber or latex gloves when working with Super Glue. If any Super Glue spills, you won't end up with it on your hands.

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