How to Remove Super Glue From Furniture

Written by amy mcclain | 13/05/2017
How to Remove Super Glue From Furniture
Many nail polish removers contain acetone---a powerful substance that removes Super Glue. (manicure-nail polish remover image by Leticia Wilson from

Super glue is relatively inexpensive and quickly bonds to almost any item you can think of. This makes it ideal for a household repair in a pinch, but one stray drop of the potent adhesive can create a mess. The glue dries in seconds, making it difficult to simply wipe up with water or commercial cleaning supplies. If you've spilt Super Glue on a furniture item, the Super Glue Corporation recommends the use of acetone to clean it up.

Dampen a clean cloth with a small amount of the acetone nail polish remover. Dab the cloth on an inconspicuous section of the upholstery---perhaps the back of a couch or the underside of a chair. Make sure the acetone does not discolour or damage the fabric before moving on to the next step.

Re-dampen the cloth with a small amount of acetone. Transfer the acetone directly onto the glued area by dabbing the fabric with the cloth.

Use your toothbrush to gently scrub at the glue. It should begin to flake off. Apply more acetone as needed, and continue to scrub the area until the stain is lifted.

Dampen a clean cloth with water and dab the upholstery to lift any leftover acetone from the fabric. Use a dry towel to absorb as much water as possible from the furniture.

Dampen a clean, soft cloth with the nail polish remover. Find an inconspicuous location and rub gently with the acetone-soaked cloth to ensure that it does not damage the finish.

Apply more acetone to the cloth and rub it directly on the Super Glue to soften it.

Use a butter knife, spoon or similar item to scrape away the softened Super Glue. If glue is still difficult to remove, add more acetone and repeat. Once all the glue has been cleaned away, wipe up any remaining acetone with a dry cloth.


Acetone may remove finish from wood or laminate items. Use care when applying it.

Tips and warnings

  • Acetone may remove finish from wood or laminate items. Use care when applying it.

Things you need

  • Nail polish remover containing acetone
  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • Spoon or butter knife

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