Krazy glue or super glue as it is commonly called is an adhesive substance designed to hold together different types of materials under stressful situations. From metal to wood to ceramics and more, Krazy glue has been the go-to adhesive for quite some time.
But what happens when you need to remove the glue? Especially when you have stuck something together that you do not want. Or worse, the glue has stuck to your skin? In such cases, there are a couple of simple solutions that may work if this occurs.
Acetone is the universal glue dissolver. For clothing, fabrics, counters, tabletops, and practically anything else, acetone will do the job. Acetone is a common product which can be purchased at most retail stores. However, if you have nail polish remover that will most likely contain acetone.
All you need to do is get a cotton swab and dip it into the acetone, then apply it to the glue. The Krazy glue will start dissolving quickly.
Using Acetone on Clothing & Fabric
Use a toothbrush and work the area from both sides. The goal is to get at the glue from the outside and underneath of the fabric. Keep in mind that because some clothing and fabric consists of several layers, you may not get the glue all the way out.
Using Acetone on Hard Surfaces
You can apply a little acetone to hard surfaces such as wood, ceramics, and other materials. Once it starts to loosen, you can then peel, shave, brush, or sand the glue away. If there is still some glue remaining you can use more acetone.
However, too much acetone may discolor or even damage the surface depending on the material. Use enough to remove the glue and then wipe up the rest. You probably want to use a damp cloth to wipe up any traces of acetone remaining.
While surfaces such as ceramic or metal may not be affected. Laminated wood is vulnerable to having its finish ruined by acetone. So be careful no matter the type of surface where the glue is present.
Soap & Water
This only works for glue that is stuck to your skin. If you have Krazy glue on your skin either alone or stuck to another object, then the first piece of advice is do not panic. Also, do not try to pull the skin away if it is stuck good. Otherwise, you may rip the skin and have a worse problem.
Instead, apply some soap and water to help loosen the skin from the glue. There is no guarantee that it will work, but it is a good first step. Apply warm water and soap to the area where the glue is present and see if that works.
If soap and water does not work, then you should try the acetone. The acetone will dissolve the glue and let you pull it away from whatever is sticking to it. Once the glue has been removed, wash the skin with some soap and water to keep it from dehydrating.
Walt moonlights as a handyman after getting off his busy job as a commodities trader. He enjoys writing about all things related to DIY, home improvement, etc.