Super glue, also known as cyanoacrylate, is a fast-drying adhesive that solidifies rapidly and bonds tightly to surfaces. Though super glue is useful for various projects, spills and drips can be extremely difficult to remove from quartz countertops. With a bit of effort and the right cleaning solutions, you can get dried super glue off your quartz without damaging the surface.
What You’ll Need
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Scraping tool – old credit card, plastic scraper, etc.
- Terry cloth rags
- Eye protection
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soft scrub cleaner
- Masking tape
When using chemicals like acetone to remove super glue residues, proper safety precautions are a must:
- Work in a well-ventilated area and avoid breathing in fumes.
- Wear gloves and eye protection. Acetone can irritate skin and eyes.
- Check the countertop manufacturer’s care recommendations before using any chemical cleaners.
- Test acetone in an inconspicuous spot first to ensure it doesn’t damage the quartz.
- Never mix acetone with other chemicals, especially bleach – this can create toxic fumes.
Follow these steps to safely remove cured super glue from your quartz countertop:
1. Scrape Off Excess Dried Glue
Use a plastic scraper, old credit card, or other stiff flat tool to gently scrape and chip away at the bulk of the dried super glue deposit. This helps remove the uppermost layers of glue.
Scrape slowly and carefully to avoid scratching the quartz surface.
2. Apply Acetone and Let Sit
Pour a small amount of pure acetone nail polish remover onto a clean rag or paper towel. Carefully blot the acetone onto the remaining super glue residue.
Let the acetone sit for 2-3 minutes to soften the glue. Reapply as needed until glue is softened.
3. Wipe Away Glue Residue
Once glue is softened, gently wipe away the sticky glue residue with a clean terry cloth rag. Acetone will dissolve the super glue bonds.
Change rags frequently to prevent re-depositing glue.
4. Remove Excess Acetone
Use a fresh terry cloth with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining acetone and clean the area thoroughly. This prevents residue buildup.
Allow the countertop to dry completely before continuing.
5. Use Soft Scrub If Needed
For any lingering glue stains or residue, apply a soft scrub cleaner designed for quartz. Use a damp rag to gently scrub stained areas, then rinse.
Avoid abrasive scouring pads, as they may scratch quartz. Check cleaner directions first.
6. Rinse and Dry
Rinse the countertop with clean water to remove all cleaner residue. Wipe dry with a soft, clean cloth.
Inspect closely under good lighting and repeat steps if any glue remains.
Tips for Avoiding Super Glue Messes
Prevention is easier than removal when it comes to super glue mishaps. Here are some tips:
- Always use super glue in easy to clean areas, never directly on quartz.
- Tape down paper or cardboard on countertops as a work surface.
- Clean up drips immediately with a damp rag – don’t let glue dry.
- Invest in an adhesive mat or cutting board for glue projects.
- Apply petroleum jelly to surfaces as a barrier before gluing.
- Have acetone on hand for instant clean-up of fresh glue.
When to Call a Professional
If DIY efforts fail to fully remove dried super glue from your quartz countertop, don’t fret. Contact a professional countertop refinishing company. With industrial-strength epoxy removers and expert techniques, they can safely eliminate stubborn glue residues without damaging quartz.
Though super glue mishaps happen, the strong adhesive can be safely removed from quartz using the proper methods. With care and the right supplies, you can get your countertop back to its original pristine condition. Just be sure to take safety precautions when using chemical removers like acetone.