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How to Remove Plumber's Glue

Updated November 21, 2016

Plumber's glue, or plumber's putty as it is commonly called, is a substance that joins certain piping materials to prevent water leaks. The putty is used primarily on PVC or other plastic pipes to create a strong bond, whereas copper and metal pipes are soldered. After a plumbing job you might find dried pieces of plumber's glue on surfaces that can be seen. The plumber's glue must be cleaned to create an eye-pleasing bathroom or kitchen.

Scrub the area with soap and water to remove all dirt that may be concealing additional putty. Use the scrub brush if the area is on the floor to ensure that deep, stuck-on grim is lifted.

Scrape at the putty with a putty knife. Bend the knife at a 45 degree angle and press firmly to break away the seal. Continue to scrape until most of the glue is removed.

Apply the acetone nail polish remover to the remaining glue with the cotton swab. Use a heavy amount so the liquid absorbs the glue and dissolves any resistant adhesive film.

Wash the area with soap and water once more, using a clean towel. If residue is found, repeat with the acetone nail polish remover until the film is completely lifted.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap and water
  • 2 towels
  • Scrub brush
  • Putty knife
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton swabs
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