How to Get Super Glue Off Hardwood Floor – 6 Simple Methods

how to get super glue off hardwood floor

If you accidentally got globs of super glue stuck to your hardwood floors, it can be cleaned up, and it’s actually pretty easy.

To get super glue off hardwood floor, you need to scrape off the floor using a blade or a putty knife. You can also use acetone to break down the glue. Other alternatives include using rubbing alcohol, vinegar or mineral oil.

Due to how expensive hardwood floors are, proper care must be observed when removing adhesives to prevent damage to the hardwood or the applied finish. This article outlines complete steps to on how to get super glue off hardwood floor.

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How to Get Super Glue Off Hardwood Floor

When trying to get super glue off hardwood floor, you need to be careful of the products you use because the raw wood can absorb any product you use on finished wood. Here are what you’ll need:

  • Razorblade or putty knife
  • Fingernail polish remover or acetone
  • Clean towel
  • Sandpaper
  • Blow dryer
  • Cotton ball

Scrape Off the Glue      

If you have dried glue drips, fabric glue, and even stickers on your hardwood floor, use a putty knife or razor blade to gently get underneath the glue.

Rock the blade or knife under the glue, try to peel it up gently and once an edge is lifted, grab and peel the glob or sticker off the wood.

Then with a hairdryer plugged in and turned on, use it to slowly heat the area. Then wipe softened glue off the wood surface with a warm rag.

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Use Acetone

Even after getting the glob of glue off, you might still be left with a bit of adhesive, and you can use acetone to break down the glue to remove it.

With a towel or cotton ball saturated with acetone or fingernail polish remover, scrub the adhesive.

For stubborn adhesive, allow the product to sit on the area for up to 15 minutes, reapplying the acetone as needed as it evaporates quickly.

With a clean towel, rub the area vigorously to remove any stubborn residue. Repeat as needed.


If scrapping and acetone could not get all the glue out, you might need to sand your floor. You are going to need different grits of sandpaper, depending on how rough your wood is, to remove the adhesive.

With the right sandpaper folded in half, gently sand the area until the adhesive is gone. Keep an eye on your work to avoid over-sanding the area.


If the glue is still wet, you can remove it using a more natural method.

First, wipe up as much of the wet glue as possible. Then mix 1 cup warm water, ½ cup vinegar, and a drop or two of dish soap, saturate a towel with a mixture and rub the adhesive gently.

The friction creates heat which warms the glue and makes it a bit easier to remove. For stubborn areas, allow the mixture to sit on the floor for about 10-15 minutes before scrubbing.

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Use Mineral Oil

If you have dry glue on your stained hardwood floor, it might be a bit difficult to remove, especially when dealing with dried superglue.

With a heat gun or hairdryer, heat the glue, this should be done in a well-ventilated area, or you can wear a mask; this is due to the fumes superglue produces when it gets too hot.

First, place a wet towel in a microwave for 15-30 seconds and take it out carefully with tongs or a potholder.

Leave the towel on the glue for about 30 seconds before using the towel or your fingers to peel up the softened glue-up.

Apply a small amount of mineral oil to the glue left behind and scrub with a clean cloth. If the glue persists, your floor might need sanding and refinishing.

Apply Rubbing Alcohol

To remove sticker residue from hardwood floor, you might only need a little rubbing alcohol and a clean towel. Saturate a section of the towel in the rubbing alcohol or vodka and rub the adhesive until it peels away.

Wet the towel and wipe the area. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, you can use acetone or fingernail polish remover instead.

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If you accidentally splashed glue on your antique wood chair, your rough-cut wall, or hardwood floor, removing it immediately should be your topmost priority.

This article should have taught you how to get super glue off hardwood floor, you should give a few of these methods a try.

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