Mary G. said, “My daughter used the iron to melt glue off the carpet and now my iron has melted glue on the plate. What can I use to clean it up with? I tried melting it off by turning on the iron; no luck. Help please.”
Having kids inevitably means that weird stuff will end up weird places, such as superglue on your iron or refrigerator. Thankfully, most messes have a remedy. Use the information in the steps below to remove the superglue.
Removing the Glue
You Will Need:
- Acetone nail polish remover
- A cloth or cotton ball
- A razor blade
- Denatured alcohol
- Lighter fluid
- Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Remove the Glue:
- Soak a cleaning rag or cotton ball with¹ pure acetone.² If you don’t have pure acetone available, use acetone nail polish remover. Hold the cloth on the glue until the glue dissolves, then wipe it away. ¹
- It is sometimes possible for superglue to be scraped off of a hard surfaces, however, this must be done carefully to avoid scratching the metal.³ Try softening the glue first with a cleaning solution, then using a razor blade to scrape it off.²
- If the acetone is unavailable or does not seem to be working right away, use denatured alcohol or lighter fluid instead.⁴ Soak a cleaning rag or cotton ball with the alcohol, then hold the cloth against the glue until the glue dissolves and can be wiped away.¹
- Hydrogen peroxide can sometimes be effective for removing superglue.⁵ Soak a cleaning rag or cotton ball with the alcohol, then hold the cloth against the glue until the glue softens and can be wiped away.¹
Additional Tips and Advice
- Always test a cleaning solution on a small, hidden area of a surface first to look for any adverse reaction.
- Stainless steel can scratch easily, even with a mild abrasive. Avoid using a rough cloth or any abrasive tool on a stainless steel surface that you are concerned about scratching.
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