Krazy Glue Remedy
August 1, 2006
Krazy For Help
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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
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
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.