How to remove super glue off wool

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How to remove super glue off wool
Be gentle and patient when removing super glue from wool. (knitted texture image by Nataliya Galkina from

When super glue drops on your favourite wool sweater, you may think its destine for the garbage. But wait just a second. Although super glue provides an extremely strong bond with any material, it does have a weakness and that weakness is acetone. You will find acetone is the main ingredient in most nail polish removers. But use caution, depending on the garment, acetone may discolour or mar wool.

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Things you need

  • Acetone-based nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Toothbrush
  • Cup of water

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  1. 1

    Wait until the glue dries on the fabric before attempting removal. If you try to remove the glue while it's still wet, you will likely spread it around and make the problem worse.

  2. 2

    Dip a cotton ball in an acetone-based nail polish remover. Rub the cotton ball on a small part of the fabric to make sure the nail polish remover will not destroy or discolour the garment.

  3. 3

    Dip another cotton ball in the nail polish remover. This time, dab the super glued wool with the moistened cotton ball.

  4. 4

    Gently brush the wool with a toothbrush to encourage the super glue to come off. It will come off in layers. Depending on the size of the stain, you may need to reapply the nail polish remover several times.

  5. 5

    Flip the wool over and repeat the process on the other side of the fabric.

  6. 6

    Dab a cotton ball in water and moisten the spot where you applied the nail polish remover. Do this only after all the glue is removed. This will rinse the left over acetone out of the wool. Let the garment air dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Acetone may discolour or damage wool. Be sure to test a small area of the fabric with the acetone-based nail polish remover before using it to remove the stain.
  • Acetone is extremely flammable.

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