How to remove superglue from nails
Superglue is our faithful helper for home improvement, or creating crafts with children. However, sometimes even our nails and skin turn into crafts. :( Therefore, today we have an unusual topic - how to remove superglue from nails.
Superglue is a powerful compound that can be difficult to remove. And even more so if the glue gets on unwanted objects, such as nails, fingers, or skin. Although superglue is usually not harmful to the skin, it is not pleasant that your fingers are glued together or the skin is stuck to some foreign object. Removing superglue is not an easy process, and it may even take several approaches. Today we will find out how to remove superglue in the easiest way, and not damage your nails or skin.
What to do if superglue gets on your nails
- Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly, or a thick cream, to the skin around the nails that got supercream.
- Pour acetone nail polish remover into a glass dish. It should be about 3 cm deep.
- Dip the nails that got superglue into the acetone container. Don't immerse your entire finger - turn your hand palm up and soak only your nails.
- Wait 10 minutes. Then gently pat your fingers dry with a towel, but remove the acetone from your nails completely.
- Use a cuticle pusher (tool pusher) to scrape off the glue that has already begun to dissolve. You may not be able to remove superglue from your nails the first time.
- Soak your nails in nail polish remover for another 10 minutes, then scrape off more of the superglue.
- Continue this process until all layers of superglue are removed from your nails.
- Wash your hands with soap and water to remove any remaining cream and acetone. Use a nail buff to smooth out any remaining unevenness.
But what if the superglue got not only on the nails, but also on the skin of the hands, or, even worse, glued your fingers together? The main thing is not to panic! The following methods will help you safely remove superglue from your skin:
1. Soak in warm soapy water
If the superglue is not completely dry, soaking the affected area in warm, soapy water may help. Fill a small bowl with very warm, but not hot, water and some soap or detergent. Soak the affected area for 5-10 minutes. After the adhesive has softened, gently wipe it with a soft cloth, or remove it from the skin. Do not continue if you experience pain, or if you suspect that this may damage the skin.
2. Exfoliate stuck skin
If your skin is stuck to another item or your fingers are stuck together, soak the area in warm, soapy water first. Then, using a blunt object such as the handle of a spoon, try to gently peel away the skin. Do it with smooth movements, as if rubbing the skin. Don't try to do it with a jerk, because there is a chance that a piece of your skin will remain on the object to which it has stuck. And it's quite painful. Think of the effect of licking iron in the cold. :)
3. Soak in acetone
Most nail polish removers contain acetone, which is a strong solvent and can help break down superglue. Before attempting to separate the adhered skin, make sure that there are no open wounds on the fingers or skin of the hands.
Pour the acetone into a bowl and soak the skin there for a minute. Continue the process until the bonding properties of the adhesive have dissolved.
It is worth remembering that acetone is potentially toxic, can dry out the skin, and cause irritation. Therefore, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly after the procedure. For those people who have eczema or very dry hand skin, it makes sense to try other methods, as skin irritation can only intensify.
4. Natural oil
Organic oils, such as coconut or avocado oil, can help separate fingers that have stuck together due to superglue.
Soak the skin in warm water and then apply the oil over the superglue to dissolve it. After a while, apply some more oil, and gently massage the area until you remove all remaining glue.
Pumice stone can remove not only calluses and dead skin, but also pieces of dried glue. To remove superglue from your fingers, hold them in warm, soapy water for a while, then dip a pumice stone in the same place, and rub your hands with light circular motions until the superglue disappears. Don't overdo it and avoid using a pumice stone on sensitive skin.
6. Lemon juice
The acid in lemon juice can help remove superglue. This product works best on small areas that have been hit by superglue and for separating glued leather.
Pour the lemon juice into a small bowl and soak your fingers for 5-10 minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush or Q-tip to rub the lemon juice directly onto the damaged area. Wipe your skin with a dry washcloth to exfoliate the glue, then wash your hands thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
7. Adhesive solvents
If homemade superglue removal methods don't work, some home improvement and hobby stores sell products that can quickly remove superglue without damaging the skin. For fingers glued to plastic, this option works best, as acetone can damage some plastics.
Most often, removing superglue from the skin of the hands is not difficult. Minor skin lesions that may appear during the process almost always heal on their own in a short time. However, if the skin turns red, swells, or pain is observed, it is best to consult a doctor.