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How to Clean Glue Off Stainless Steel

Sarah Coennen

Glue and adhesive have many applications, just like stainless steel. Stainless steel is used to make all sorts of items and appliances like pots and pans and ovens.

There are several reasons for adhesives to be on stainless steel, such as the manufacturer's sticker--or maybe a small child placed a sticker on a piece of stainless steel and now you want it off. Removing the glue is not difficult, and simple household products will get the job done.

  1. Wipe the stainless-steel surface clean with one of the clean cloths. Do not wet the cloth; a dry wipe will do.

  2. Wet the corner of one of the cloths with rubbing alcohol. Insert the corner of the cloth into the rubbing, or isopropyl, alcohol container and tilt the container until the liquid touches the cloth.

  3. Rub in the direction of the current grain of the stainless steel on top of the adhesive. Switch corners after each layer comes off and dip each corner in rubbing alcohol before removing more adhesive. The number of layers of adhesive depends on how thick the adhesive is. It's time to switch corners when the adhesive covers the one side of the cloth, or the glue is no longer coming off the stainless steel.

  4. Dampen the other cloth with clean, warm water. Wipe in the direction of the grain to rinse the area of rubbing alcohol.


If you do not have rubbing alcohol, you can also use lighter fluid, acetone or adhesive removers.


Most adhesive removers are extremely flammable. Do not use around fire.