Things You'll Need
Cotton swab or cotton balls
Credit card, plastic putty knife, or any hard plastic material with a straight edge
If you plan on using nail polish remover, check the label to see if it contains acetone. Certain polish removers are acetone-free. If the super glue covers a large area, dampen a cloth with acetone and leave it over the glue to soften it. Acetone evaporates quickly, so keep the stain covered continuously to slow the glue from re-hardening while you scrape away certain areas.
Acetone can damage skin with prolonged exposure. Wear gloves when working with it; otherwise, wash your hands immediately after using it and apply a lotion to replenish moisture to the skin.
Super glue's amazing bonding ability makes it a popular choice for patching broken items. Because of the need for a steady hand when holding the traditionally small tube, people often do their repairs on a table or countertop. The stable work surface can help reduce your risk of gluing your fingers together, but a drop from the tube could drip onto your counter while you hold pieces together to dry. Super glue dripped on wooden surfaces can be sanded as a last resort, but if you're dealing with a marble surface, you'll need to try another removal method.
Put on rubber gloves. Dampen a cotton swab or cotton ball liberally with acetone.
Moisten the super glue with the acetone to soften it.
Scrape the super glue gently off the countertop with the edge of a credit card or plastic putty knife. Repeat applying the acetone and scraping off the glue until the countertop is smooth.
Rinse the area clean with a damp cloth.
Jennifer Pinto has been an editor and reporter since 1999, working with newspapers in the Midwest and on the East Coast. She serves as a contributor for several print and online publications, covering business, real estate, religion, home improvement and interior design. Pinto earned her B.A. in English and psychology at Northern Illinois University.