How to Clean Up PVC Glue

Clean up mess from PVC glue, also known as PVC cement, with common household products. Solvents are blended in a variety of formulations to make PVC glues that soften plastic surfaces and create adhesion. An uncapped jar of PVC cement can be easily knocked over and lead to a major spill. Chances of complete removal are increased if the PVC glue spill is addressed right away.

PVC glue effects the surface of pipes within a minute of application.

Step 1

Wipe up the excess or spilled PVC glue with paper towels. Discard the soaked towels carefully since the glue is flammable.

Step 2

Apply a thin layer of mineral or baby oil to the PVC glue mess. Rub the oil into the surface in a circular motion to lift and neutralize the cement. Oil your hands thoroughly, then wash them with soap if they get any PVC glue on them.

Step 3

Soak a sponge in warm, soapy water. Wring out the majority of the liquid, then wipe down the oil-covered surface with the soapy sponge.

Step 4

Rinse the sponge under clean, running water. Wipe down the cleaned area to remove any soap residue. Dry the cleaned area with a paper towel.

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