Super glue is a very handy material in attaching two materials together. This can be considered a useful school supply or it can also be a functional tool as part of our hardware items. Super glue can also be used in miniature models since this adhesive material is capable of bonding very fast and is also incredibly strong and sturdy. However, super glue can also become a problem once it comes in contact with our skin. As we all know, super glue doesn’t choose any type of material to bind. This means that once super glue comes in contact with the skin, it is understood that we are already in a very sticky and messy situation. Fortunately, there are still some things that we can do in order to help remove super glue fast and effectively. So below are the ways on how to get super glue off your skin.
Removal of Super Glue
We all think that super glue can become a real problem once it comes in contact with our skin. This is indeed true if we are not aware of the simple yet effectual steps in removing the super glue. This article will show us the step by step ways in doing this procedure. This process is considered to be very feasible and easy to perform as long as the needed materials are provided such as the soap, warm water, acetone based nail polish remover, petroleum jelly, margarine, bowl, pumice stone, WD-40 and an emery board (optional).
- The first thing that needs to be done is to soak the skin in a solution that is made up of warm water and soap. This must be done immediately after being in contact with the adhesive material. The rationale for this is that the warm soapy solution is able to loosen the sticky substance of the glue, thus enabling us to remove it faster and more effectively. Aside from this, we can also add some cool vinegar on the affected area of the skin to help in the removal of the glue. However, if this step does not work, then we can pat the skin dry and proceed to the next procedure.
- Once the glue is still attached to our skin, we can try using acetone nail polisher remover in order to get rid of the hardened super glue. We must make sure that the solution we are using indeed contains the acetone solution since this can only be useless without it. Acetone is an effective chemical solution because it can help soften cyanoacrylate, which is a main ingredient in super glue. This can be done by simply rubbing the acetone on top of the super glue. This can cause gradual peeling of the glue. However, cotton swab must be used since it can cause negative reactions when used with the cyanoacrylate substance. Aside from this, using acetone must only be limited to those without sensitive skins or skin allergies. The use of this solution must also be kept away from areas near the eyes, lips, nose or anywhere near an open wound.
- In case we have sensitive skins, we can try using margarine instead of acetone. Margarine has a natural oily component that can help in loosening the tight bonds of the glue to our skin. This can be rubbed repeatedly on top of the affected area without any worries of having any skin reactions. Unlike acetone, margarine contains no harsh ingredients that can cause irritation to our epidermis.
- Once the margarine or the acetone is successfully applied on the area, we can now let the portion of the skin dry before we can use an emery board to remove the glue. In doing this, we must be very careful not to peel the glue fast or incorrectly since this can cause abrasions to the skin. We can also try scrubbing the glue off our hands by using a pumice stone kept in warm water.
- Once done we can now let it peel on its own. This will usually turn white, but it does not cause any irritation or pain on our skin. The glue will eventually come off without the need to exert any effort. For those with acetone that quickly dries up or evaporates, we can try mixing 1 part of the acetone solution with 1 part of WD-40. We can even try mixing it with petroleum jelly in order for the solution to stay for longer periods. A thick coat of this mixture must then be applied on the affected portion of the skin. However, if the skin is bonded together, we should never try to pull the skin apart. This can only cause the skin to tear from the area. What needs to be done is to provide a rotating motion in order to gently pull the glue away from the skin without causing any injury. Aside from this, we can also place or soak the area once again in a concentrated solution of soap or laundry detergent combined with hot water. This can accelerate the softening process of the adhesive material.
These are just some of the things that we can do in order to effectively remove or get rid of the glue from our skin. As we can see, we don’t need to spend on expensive materials in order to carry out the procedure since most of the required items mentioned above can be seen in our kitchen cabinets or can be bough easily from the grocery pr hardware stores. So in case we are placed in a situation like this, we are already aware of the possible and efficient techniques in managing our sticky condition.