The Garage Staple That'll Lift Super Glue From A Variety Of Surfaces

Super glue is very useful to have around the home — it can be used to fix almost anything. However, it can be a pain when it gets on surfaces other than what you are working on. Due to its strength, it can seem nearly impossible to remove super glue. It's designed to stay put after all, and that's exactly what it does. Super glue forms a bond in mere seconds, so it can be tricky to try to wipe it up before it sets.

Acetone, a popular nail polish remover ingredient, can be used to remove super glue from surfaces. It is very effective. However, acetone is also highly flammable, so it has to be used with extreme caution. Plus, acetone can remove the finish from many surfaces. This chemical is also irritating to the skin, so it isn't the best solution for removing super glue from the skin. One super glue removal hack that you probably haven't tried before is to use sandpaper. This garage staple can be used to lift super glue from a variety of surfaces, including metal, plastic, and even the skin.

How to use sandpaper to remove super glue from metal and wood

Sandpaper can easily remove super glue from metal. You'll want to try to remove the glue as soon as possible. First, use a fine-grit sandpaper to remove the excess glue from the surface of the metal. Remove large areas with a safety razor, but be careful not to scratch the surface of the metal. After you have removed all the glue, gently wash the surface of the metal with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.

If you have spilled some glue on your gorgeous wood flooring, don't worry. Removing super glue from wood is pretty easy as well. Start by wiping the glue down with olive or coconut oil. That will soften the glue and make it easier to remove. Once the glue has softened, rub it with a piece of fine sandpaper. Make sure you don't sand the surface of the wood with the sandpaper. You should only be removing the glue.

How to remove super glue from your skin

There's nothing worse than accidentally gluing your fingers together. The good news is that this problem is easy to remedy with sandpaper. To remove super glue from your skin, first soften the glue by soaking the affected skin in warm soapy water. Then, take a fine grit sandpaper and rub it over the affected area using a circular motion. Once you are done, you should be able to easily peel off any remaining super glue.

Here are some tips for using sandpaper on your skin to remove super glue. First, make sure you only use brand-new sandpaper on your skin. Also, be careful not to rub too much with the sandpaper as it can damage fragile skin. Don't use sandpaper to remove super glue from your eyelids or mouth. Experts recommend flushing your eyes or lips with warm water and visiting a doctor (via Healthline).