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How to remove super glue from clothes

With our simple guide, it’s easy to remove super glue from clothes

We don’t always prepare for jobs as well as we should do. Real life can be hectic and messy – and if we decide to repair something when we’re in a rush, it sometimes means that we fail to follow all the instructions or take proper care. Picture the scene, you’re rushing to do a simple job, perhaps to change the batteries in your TV remote. But the battery cover drops and breaks. No problem, you think, you’ve got just the thing for that. You grab your Bostik Super Glue and quickly get to work. Job done. But you stand back only to realise that there’s super glue on your jeans. It’s turning into one of those days.

How to remove super glue from clothes – a step-by-step guide

Option 1: Seize the moment

  • If your superglue is still wet, you can treat it with acetone - but remember, safety first.
  • You’ll need to put on safety goggles, rubber gloves and an apron – we don’t want any more accidents.
  • You may want to do a patch test first on a concealed area of fabric and check the label - acetone isn’t suitable for acetate, triacetate or modacrylic.
  • Flip your garment inside out, tip some acetone onto a clean cloth and dab at the reverse side of the superglue mark for a couple of minutes.
  • Then wash and dry your garment as normal.

Option 2: Freeze!

  • If your superglue is dry, place your garment in a suitable bag and put it in the freezer overnight.
  • Remove your garment from the freezer and prise off the superglue.
  • Then wash and dry your garment as normal.

Everything you need to remove super glue from clothes

  • Acetone
  • A clean cloth
  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Apron
  • A plastic bag
  • Your freezer

Glue it right

How to use Bostik Super Glue Liquid without little accidents

  1. Start with a protected work surface. You may also want to use an apron and some rubber gloves
  2. Ensure that the surfaces to be glued are dry, clean and free from dust and grease
  3. Ensure the tube is held upright and pointing away from you
  4. Avoiding skin contact, apply a small amount of Bostik Super Glue Liquid to one surface only
  5. Bring the two surfaces together and hold firmly for approximately 30 seconds
  6. Replace the cap firmly after use