You were looking at that gaping hole in the eaves trough and picturing a few hundred dollars getting sucked into it. Thankfully, superglue came to the rescue. It helped you tide through winter without making expensive repairs.
But you didn’t account for one thing, the spills.
After clamoring up the rickety ladder and catering to your DIY fantasies, you look like the glue-man dunked in superglue from head to toe. And you have no idea how to get it off your body, clothes and anything else.
If that predicament sounds familiar, then here’s a brief but useful guide to help you get rid of superglue from almost any surface.
Removing Superglue from your skin
Depending on where the superglue is smeared and whether or not it has stuck two things together, for example your fingers or even worse, your lips, you can start off by attempting to peel it off.
The most obvious thing would be to wait until the glue dries to form a solid surface before you attempt to peel it. If you feel the skin being pulled or feel even the slightest pain, stop right away.
Take a mug of warm water, add some soap to it and soak the glue in it. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes to soften really hard patches of glue. But it may take longer in some instances. Once you feel that the glue has softened, try and pry it away with a tweezer or a spoon.
If it still doesn’t work, add some lemon juice to the water and retry.
Acetone is one of the most widely used products for dissolving superglue. But we personally don’t recommend it because it can cause severe dryness. If it takes multiple passes to remove the glue then it can even make your skin patchy and flaky.
Removing superglue from your clothes
Removing the glue from your clothes should be easier. You can just soak it in warm soapy water for as long as it takes to dissolve the glue. Adding acetone is once again, a bad idea because it can discolor the clothes.
Removing super glue from surfaces
If you accidentally dabbed on more glue than what you’d wanted to on any surface and if you are not bothered about discoloration, then you can apply acetone right away to remove the glue. It works like a charm.
Other things that also work
The only possible reason why someone would not want to use soapy water is if they are too eager to remove the glue. Soapy water works fine but it can take a lot of time.
In such scenarios, other ingredients like margarine, salt and petroleum jelly have also been used to successfully remove superglue. Salt is abrasive and it can help you scrub off the superglue. It isn’t going to be the most comfortable experience. But it works.
Margarine or even olive oil for that matter creates a greasy solution that eventually dissolves the bonds in the glue.
When using petroleum jelly, people use a nail file to scrape off the dissolved glue after a while.
P.S. The next time you are using superglue, be judicious with the amount that you apply and handle it carefully. Use an applicator tip to apply and always wear gloves and goggles.