How to Remove Glue From Leather

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Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover (acetone)

  • Cotton swabs

  • Terry cloth hand towel (2)

  • Warm water


Test nail polish remover on a hidden part of leather furniture or other leather items before removing the glue. Tea tree oil may be used if the nail polish remover discolors the leather.


Do not use abrasive items to remove glue from leather products as this will cause discoloration and leave permanent marks. If the glue stain covers a large area on the leather, take the item to a professional upholstery expert or furniture repair person.

Removing glue from leather is not as difficult as it may seem. Using regular household products like nail polish remover (those that contain acetone) and cotton swabs, you can remove glue stains and restore beauty to most leather products. Always test the leather by applying a small amount of nail polish remover to an area not visible on the leather. This will ensure that the nail polish remover will not discolor the leather.


Step 1

Saturate one end of a cotton swab with nail polish remover.

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Step 2

Gently rub the cotton swab over the glue stain until it loosens.

Step 3

Dab the glue stain with a dry terry cloth hand towel to remove the glue. Do not wipe the glue stain as this will only make the stain worse.

Step 4

Wipe the leather surface clean using warm water and a dry hand towel.

Step 5

Wait for the leather surface to dry completely. Inspect the area to determine if all the glue has been removed. Repeat if necessary.