How to Remove Glue From Laminate

Laminate flooring comes in many different patterns.
Laminate flooring comes in many different patterns. (Image: chêne image by Unclesam from

Laminate flooring is a type of hard flooring that is extremely durable and one of the popular choices for remodeling homes using hard flooring. Hard flooring can increase the value of your home significantly, and it comes in all different kinds of patterns including a wood grain variety. Spilled glue can adhere easily to this type of hard flooring, but if left on the laminate flooring can decrease the value of the flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetone based fingernail polish remover
  • Cotton square
  • Cotton swabs
  • Plastic putty knife

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Perform a spot test on your laminate flooring. Put a dab of the acetone-based fingernail polish remover on to the cotton square and holding it on an inconspicuous area of the laminate flooring for one minute. Allow the remover to dry completely, this will take about five minutes. Check to see if any discoloring occurs to the laminate flooring.

Wet the cotton square with acetone-based fingernail polish remover and rub the glue on the laminate flooring. Allow five minutes for the acetone to penetrate the glue. The glue should be saturated with the fingernail polish remover.

Use the putty knife to gently scrape underneath the glue. If you cannot get underneath the glue, wet one end of a cotton swab with the acetone-based fingernail polish remover and rub the acetone underneath the edges of the glue stain.

Wipe the area with a cotton swab that has been dampened with the acetone fingernail polish remover. Then wipe it down with clean water and a cotton swab. This will remove the acetone from your laminate flooring.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use gentle adhesive removers, which can be purchased from hardware stores and home improvement stores.
  • Do not get fingernail polish remover in your mouth or eyes. Call poison control immediately should this occur.


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