Mary asked: How do I remove superglue from fingers and linoleum?
When superglue starts to stick to your fingers, it can become troublesome very quickly. Never try to pull the skin apart as it is adhered tightly with the glue. Insead, use the remedy below to release the bond and separate your fingers again.
You Will Need:
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Hand soap
- Warm water
- Hand lotion
Steps to Remove the Glue:
- First, do NOT try to pull the fingers apart once the glue has cured. This will result in ripping the skin and unnecessary pain.
- Fill a small bowl or cup with acetone nail polish remover.
- Dip your fingers or affected skin into the remover.
- Allow it to set for several minutes while the acetone breaks the bond of the glue.
- When the glue starts to loosen, gently roll the fingers back and forth until the bond breaks and the glue is released.
- Take your time, rushing the process will only result in painful tears of the skin.
- Once the glue is removed, wash your hands with soap and water.
- Nail polish remover is very drying to the skin. Apply a quality hand lotion to restore the moisture.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If no nail polish remover is available, soak the hands in soapy, warm water. It may take longer, but the glue will begin to loosen over time. Once it begins to loosen, rub the fingers back and forth, but do NOT pull them apart. Continue rolling until the glue is released.
- Ensure the nail polish remover has acetone in it (some are non-acetone or acetone free) as this is the active ingredient that breaks down the glue.
- A little salt or baking soda mixed with a drop of water can also be helpful to gently scrub off the glue.
- To remove superglue from other items, see our other guides about super glue: