Removing Kitchen Cabinet Glue

Glue is sometimes used to secure cabinets to kitchen walls and countertops to kitchen cabinets that are installed in a kitchen.

Using a Solvent

KItchen cabinets can have adhesive glue or caulking appliedKItchen cabinets can have adhesive glue or caulking applied
Depending on the type of glue that was used with the cabinets it can come off easily or with a little elbow grease. You can remove kitchen cabinet glue with a solvent such as mineral spirits, or tools to scrape and sand away the adhesive.

Apply mineral spirits to a clean cloth or rag. Place the cloth or rag over the glue or caulking and let it set for at least four hours. This will allow the glue to soften.

Take the cloth or rag off of the old glue or caulk and then use another clean cloth to remove it from the cabinets. Run the cloth over the glue to wipe it off of the cabinet.

Apply additional mineral spirits to a cloth or rag and place it on the remaining cabinets to remove the glue. Wipe the glue off with a fresh cloth.

Scraping and Sanding

Run a utility knife along the edge of the caulking to cut it.

Pull of any loose caulking off with your hands. Use a pair of needle nosed pliers if your hands are to too big to grab the caulking.

Scrape the caulking with a metal scraper or putty knife to remove the old caulking from the kitchen cabinets.

Plug in a hand sander into an electrical outlet and then run it over the glue or caulk to sand it away. If you do not have a hand sander you can use pieces of sandpaper and rub it by hand. Repeat this process to remove any stubborn kitchen cabinet glue.

Things You Will Need

  • Cloth or rag
  • Mineral spirits
  • Needle nosed pliers
  • Metal scraper
  • Hand sander or sandpaper

Warning

  • Chemical removers can be dangerous and should be used in well ventilated areas.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.