How to Clean Up Crazy Glue From Zippers

Crazy Glue is the brand name for an ultra-strong adhesive used to bond nearly any two surfaces imaginable. The glue typically has a fast drying and curing time and, once hardened, it forms a cement-like bond. Crazy Glue does its job well, but a mistaken spill or a few misplaced drops of it can pose a problem. The glue is removable from most any surface, including the teeth of a metal zipper, using household materials.

Dried glue can keep zippers from opening and closing.

Step 1

Dip an old toothbrush into a container of acetone nail-polish remover.

Step 2

Brush the acetone over the glued areas of the zipper. If the glue has seeped between the zipper's teeth, gently work the bristles of the brush into the crevices.

Step 3

Place a moist paper towel over the zipper to prevent the acetone from evaporating. Allow the acetone to permeate the glue and loosen its bond for 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 4

Scrape off the fragments of glue using the blade of a plastic knife.

Step 5

Open and close the zipper several times until it moves smoothly up and down the teeth. Wipe off any excess acetone with a clean cloth.

Brandon Getty

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.