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How to Remove Duco Cement

Elton Dunn

Crafting is mellow time, so whenever spills occur it's easy to jump into panic mode, especially when the spilled substance is a sticky, noxious glue like Duco Cement.

While Duco Cement helps crafters glue china, ceramic, metal and wood projects, the substance could damage clothing, furniture or tables if you don't take action against spills immediately.

How to Clean Up a Spill

  1. Pour dry sand or dirt onto the spilled Duco Cement. The sand will absorb the cement without causing a dangerous chemical reaction.

  2. Brush the sand or dirt into a trash bag using a dustpan and brush. Do not touch it with your hands. Tie up the trash bag and place it outside.

  3. Wash the affected area with soap and water, scrubbing with a soft bristled brush or sponge. Wear gloves to protect your hands.

  4. Rinse the area, then inspect it. If you still see traces of Duco Cement, clean it again with soap and water, then rinse.

  5. Allow the area to dry. Open a window for ventilation, or bring in a portable fan. Do not work in that area of the home until the area has been properly ventilated and you cannot smell vapors.

How to Remove Duco Cement from Fabric

  1. Put on work gloves to avoid touching the Duco Cement with your hands.

  2. Blot up excess Duco Cement with a paper towel.

  3. Apply a small amount of acetone or nail polish remover with a clean rag. Blot up the area again to remove traces of acetone and Duco Cement.

  4. Squirt the area with a water bottle to dampen. Mix a paste of dry laundry detergent and water. Brush the paste onto the affected area, then wipe it away.

  5. Continue to apply the detergent paste until you can no longer see traces of Duco Cement. Rinse the area with water to remove all traces of detergent. Allow the material to dry, then inspect. If you still see damage, get the item dry cleaned.

  6. Tip

    Always work in a well ventilated area when using Duco Cement. After using Duco Cement or cleaning up a spill, scrub your hands under warm soapy water.