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Blue suede shoes: How to get glue off leather

Super glue is amazing – but spill it on leather and suddenly things don’t look so hot. But with Loctite’s guide on how to get glue off leather it is easier to clean than you think.

How to get glue off leather – it’s easier than you think

Super glue is a saviour in many ways. Its quick-bonding quality means that we can fix and save snapped and broken items that would otherwise land in the bin. But it’s precisely that fast-drying characteristic that makes it seem problematic when spilled on, say, a pair of leather trainers or a suede couch.

Fear not though, with just a few household items and the following simple instructions, you can learn how to get super glue off leather shoes and how to get super glue off a leather couch. Alternatively, grab a tube of Loctite’s fantastic Glue Remover and just follow the instructions!

How to remove glue from leather

  1. Loosen. Saturate one end of a cotton bud, or a cotton pad, with an acetone-based nail polish remover and rub over the hardened glue stain until it starts to loosen. If you are worried about discoloration, test the nail polish remover on an invisible (or less visible) area of the leather before proceeding.
  2. Remove. Gently dab the loosened glue stain with a folded tissue, piece of kitchen roll or a dry absorbent cloth to remove it. Do not wipe the glue stain, as this could make it worse.
  3. Clean. Wipe the area where the glue stain had been clean with a sponge or cleaning cloth and warm water.
  4. Repeat. After the area has dried, take a look at the leather to see if all of the glue has been removed. If there are still traces of glue, repeat the process until it’s all gone.

How to remove glue from leather: suede

  1. File. Once the glue stain has fully dried and hardened, file it down with an emery board, nail file or fine sandpaper. Be careful to stop once you reach the bare suede, or you will damage it. Brush or vacuum away the resultant glue dust.
  2. Soak. Carefully drip an acetone-based nail polish remover onto what remains of the glue stain and allow it to soak into the stain for two to three minutes. Again, before proceeding, test the nail polish remover on a less visible area of the suede to check for discolouration.
  3. Remove. Dab the moistened glue stain with a folded tissue, piece of kitchen roll or a dry absorbent cloth to remove it. If any glue remains once the nail polish remover has dried, repeat the process until it’s all gone.
  4. Clean. Moisten a cleaning cloth or kitchen roll with dry cleaning stain remover and press it into the suede to remove the nail polish remover. Dry the now blotted suede with a dry cleaning cloth or kitchen roll. Leave the suede to air dry for several hours.

Loctite’s Glue Remover is a great tool when you need to remove glue residue from leather quickly. Simply use it to lightly cover the glue stain, then place a folded piece of kitchen roll or tissue on top, or both sides for fabric stains. Leave for several hours, or preferably overnight, then remove the kitchen roll or tissue along with the glue and wipe clean.