How to Remove Crazy Glue From a Fridge

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Wear personal protective equipment when removing crazy glue.
Wear personal protective equipment when removing crazy glue. (Image: Gary Houlder/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Crazy glue and super glue are in the class of glues known as cyanoacrylates. These glues form a super-strong bond with most materials, drying quickly. While the bond created by crazy glue is helpful in some situations, accidental gluing or dripping can result in a sticky situation. Crazy glue is removable with the use of a proper solvent and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Rubber apron
  • Acetone
  • Toothbrush
  • Putty scraper
  • Blade
  • Soap
  • Water

Ventiliate the area by opening your kitchen windows, if possible, turning on any fans and opening your stove's vent hood.

Wear personal protective equipment, including butyl rubber gloves. These gloves protect your skin from irritation caused by the solvent. Wear safety goggles if you feel you might splash the solvent. Wear an apron made from butyl rubber, if desired.

Apply a solution of 100 percent pure acetone to the crazy glue. Use a disposable applicator, like a toothbrush, to apply the acetone. Pure acetone is available from most hardware stores.

Allow the acetone to sit on the glue spot for about a minute. The acetone dissolves the chemical bonds and softens the glue.

Scrape or shave the crazy glue with a blade or putty scraper. Work the glue free bit by bit.

Apply more acetone as needed. Continue scraping until the glue is free from the frefrigerator's surface.

Wash the fridge's surface with soap and water after removing the glue. This removes any residual acetone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Test the acetone on an inconspicuous area first. Acetone can discolor darker colored laminate finishes.
  • Use only butyl rubber gloves for prolonged use of acetone. Nitrile rubber is eaten away by acetone in as little as four minutes. Natural rubber gloves are suitable for cleaning small crazy glue spills -- they are resistant to acetone for as long as 10 minutes.
  • Nail polish removers made for synthetic or acrylic nails contain a minute amount of acetone. These products can work on small drips of crazy glue. Apply a dab of acetone nail polish remover to the spot and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes before scraping.
  • Immediately rinse skin that comes into contact with acetone. If eye contact occurs, flush with cool, running water for at least 15 minutes and call a doctor.
  • Acetone is flammable. Remove all open flames from the area when working with acetone. Don't use a mechanical saw or rotary tool to scrape super glue that's been treated with acetone -- this can cause sparks to fly and may ignite the acetone.
  • Clean acetone spills by absorbing the liquid with non-combustible dry materials, such as sand or vermiculite. Place the dry material in a chemical disposal container and dispose according to your local laws.

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