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Krazy Glue Remedy

By Cherie Parker
Published: August 1, 2006
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Q. Okay, let’s just say – hypothetically – that someone had accidentally spilled a whole container of Krazy Glue on the floor of the cabin and of course it hardened immediately despite immediate attempts to wipe it up.  Is there anything that will take dried Crazy Glue off of a laminate floor (Pergo laminate) without damaging the finish – before anyone notices?  Or will I have to confess? Please help!
– Name withheld by request

A. At least you didn’t glue your fingers together, or your fingers to the floor – or any of the other Krazy Glue mishaps that have led the company to establish an emergency hotline.

Though there are both a multitude of homespun theories about how to remove Krazy Glue as well as products that supposedly will remove that super-duper glue bond, only one thing is recommended by Krazy Glue, Super Glue (which, like Krazy Glue, is a cyanoacrylate) and Pergo: dabbing the hardened glue with acetone. You can purchase acetone at hardware stores, painting supply stores or woodworking and hobby shops. Some nail polish removers contain acetone, but with the increasing popularity of acrylic nails, many nail polish removers are now of the gentle, acetone-free variety and will be no help whatsoever in taking Krazy Glue off anything.

Before attempting to remove the glue, make sure the room is sufficiently ventilated. Get a cloth for applying the acetone and some sort of tool to scrape with: perhaps a putty knife or a razor blade. Apply the acetone to soften the glue and – ever so carefully, now – try to scrape the glue away. Reapply the acetone and scrape again, repeating until the hardened glue is gone or you are crying tears of frustration.

By the way, the folks at Pergo flooring are not particularly optimistic about your situation. They point out that Krazy Glue has the propensity to bond permanently. Sorry.

Remember: Confession is good for the soul.
 

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