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How to Remove Super Glue From a Worktop

Updated February 21, 2017

Super glue, also called cyanoacrylate adhesive, is a strong and fast-drying adhesive material. To prevent getting super glue on your work table or counter, cover the work area with aluminium foil. Wear gloves on your hands to prevent inadvertent contact with the skin. Keep a bottle of nail polish remover handy, just in case you do spill super glue on your work surface.

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  1. Soak a cotton swab with acetone, an ingredient found in many nail polish removers.

  2. Dab the cotton swab on the super glue spill.

  3. Scrub at the area with a harsh abrasive sponge or similar cleaning tool.

  4. Re-apply the acetone and continue to scrub the area until the super glue is completely lifted.

  5. Rinse the area of all chemicals and dry it with rags. Wash your hands thoroughly to remove the chemicals.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Acetone
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Rags

About the Author

Catherine Chase is a professional writer specializing in history and health topics. Chase also covers finance, home improvement and gardening topics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Skidmore College.

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