How to Remove Nail Glue Off Clothing

Nail glue is cyanoacrylate -- otherwise known as super glue or crazy glue. Whatever you call it, it's a quick-bonding, strong adhesive, and it bonds permanently. This sounds like bad news for your clothing, but for all its strength, cyanoacrylate has an Achilles heel: Acetone. That's the main ingredient in nail polish remover, so if you're gluing your nails, it's a safe bet you have some around. If you don't want to risk discoloring the fabric, there's always soap and water.

Procedure for Removing Nail Glue

Acetone Method

Step 1

Moisten a cotton swab with paint-grade acetone. You can also use nail polish remover if perusal of the label reveals that it contains acetone; if so, use the applicator in the bottle instead of a cotton swab.

Step 2

Dab the dried glue, being careful to avoid the surrounding fabric as much as possible. The glue should soften.

Step 3

Peel the glue away from the fabric carefully with tweezers or a knife. If the fabric is acetone-safe, use an old toothbrush to brush away the glue.

Step 4

Wash the fabric in the laundry to get rid of residue and odors.

Soap and Water Method

Step 1

Soak the garment in a basin filled with cold, soapy water.

Step 2

Scrub the stain with a toothbrush until you've removed as much of the glue as possible. If you need more scrubbing power, dip the toothbrush in laundry detergent.

Step 3

Rinse the fabric in clear water, then put it in the laundry with the rest of your clothes and wash with a good quality laundry detergent.