Linda said, “I accidently left a small tube of superglue on my granite countertop. Even though I noticed it right away and tried to rub it away (which probably made it worse) it left the area totally dull. Is it possible to clean/repair this type of damage/stain.”
It is always scary when superglue lands somewhere it isn’t wanted. However, even super glue can be removed when necessary. Follow the steps below to remove the glue.
Removing the Glue
You Will Need:
- Dish liquid
- A cloth
- Plastic wrap
- Rubbing alcohol
- Pure acetone
- A cotton ball
Steps to Remove the Glue:
- Stir some dish liquid in water to make suds.
- Soak a cloth or paper towel with the soapy water.
- Lay the cloth over the super glue.
- Leave the cloth on the superglue for several hours. If needed, rewet the cloth or cover the cloth with plastic wrap to hold in the moisture.
- Once the glue has softened, use the damp cloth to gently scrub it away.
- If needed, gently scrape the glue off with a razor blade.¹
- If the glue is stubborn, you can try using either rubbing alcohol or pure acetone. Dampen a cotton ball with the cleaner and rub it over the glue until the glue is gone.
- When the glue is gone, wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any residue from the cleaner.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Acetone and rubbing alcohol can remove the finish from some surfaces. Always test a cleaning solution on a small, hidden area of the surface first to look for any adverse effects.
- Do not use nail polish remover in place of pure acetone as the polish remover often contains other chemicals and dyes.
- Lighter fluid can also be effective for removing super glue, however it may not be safe for the granite so test is on a hidden area first.²
- There may be a dark water stain left after softening the glue. This stain will fade away as the water evaporates.
- The Queen of Clean’s Complete Cleaning Guide by Linda Cobb
- Haley’s Cleaning Hints by Graham and Rosemary Haley