How to Get Super Glue Off Finished Wood

Super Glue is a very strong type of glue that is used to bond many different types of objects. If you've accidentally dripped it on finished wood in your home, wipe it off as soon as possible. This will prevent it from hardening fully where it will take considerably more time to remove. If you've just noticed an old Super Glue stain, work to remove it as soon as possible to perhaps catch it before it has cured fully. Do not use methods that will damage the finished wood.

Be careful when cleaning finished wood floors.
  1. Apply acetone to the end of a cotton swab. Squeeze the cotton swab so it doesn't drip on the finished wood.
  2. Rub the acetone over the Super Glue stain. Be careful to not touch the finished wood with the acetone, as it will dissolve the finish and perhaps the stain as well.
  3. Reapply the acetone as often as needed until just a very thin layer of Super Glue is left.
  4. Scrape off the Super Glue layer with the edge of a plastic credit card. Do not use knives or sharp metal objects to scrape the wood, as they could easily scratch it.

Things You Will Need

  • Acetone
  • Cotton swab
  • Plastic credit card


  • Work in a well-ventilated area to protect from acetone fumes.


  • Acetone is toxic. Keep it away from children

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.

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