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Adhesive removal made easy: How to remove PVC glue

Whether you need to know how to remove  PVC glue, or how to remove super glue from vinyl, doing it right the first time is essential. The following tips will help you achieve professional and quick results.

How to remove super glue from vinyl flooring

Vinyl flooring is easily one of the most common types of flooring. And while it is incredibly versatile, cost effective, and easy to install, it isn’t immune to stains and spills. The majority of those clean-ups will be no problem, but what happens if you end up with PVC glue or super glue on your vinyl floor?

When it comes to removing super glue from vinyl floors, follow these steps:

  1. Use a small plastic scraper to very gently remove as much of the hardened glue as you can without damaging the floor.
  2. Use a soft, clean cloth dampened with an acetone-based nail polish remover. Then dab at the spot. Be careful not to soak the area.
  3. Now you can pry away the loosened glue; but do so gently. Keep in mind, you may need to repeat the process a few times.
  4. Once the glue has been removed, use a clean cloth with plain water to get rid of any of the acetone left on the surface. Then dry the floor.

How to remove glue from a PVC pipe 

Working with PVC glue, often referred to as plumber’s cement, can be a tricky task as well—unless you know the proper steps. The goal, of course, is to be careful enough not to end up with any spills; otherwise you’ll be asking yourself “How do I remove glue from a PVC pipe?”

The first step is to wipe the PVC adhesive away with a cloth, ideally the moment it drips on a surface where it’s not supposed to be. If you catch it while it’s still wet, it won’t be a problem. For PVC glue that has started to set, you’ll need to use acetone on a clean cloth to wipe it away. 

When the glue has been allowed to fully dry on the PVC pipe, you’ll need to use a special solvent to break down and loosen up that bond. Using acetone won’t be enough in this case. 

Did you know that PVC cement is actually a chemical solvent? True PVC cement is able to bond pieces of plastic pipe together and form a joint that ends up being stronger than the fittings and the pipe that surrounds it.

How to remove PVC glue: Start with the right adhesive

When it comes to removing PVC glue and super glue from surfaces, obviously the faster you respond the better. Many adhesives will allow a bit of setting time in which you can quickly wipe away any spills or stains. 

If this is something you are concerned about, be sure to use a product like Loctite Power Grab Ultimate Construction Adhesive: it gives you a full 10 minutes to reposition the parts and wipe away any messes. This adhesive can be used on both wet and dry surfaces and is able to bond non-porous surfaces like rigid PVC and other various plastics.

When you know you are working with plastics exclusively and need a heavy duty bond, the right glue for you is Loctite Plastic Bonder. It’s specially formulated to bond and repair plastic surfaces in a convenient double syringe dispenser, employing equal amounts of each component every time. This blend gives you up to 25 minutes for the components to react, producing a tough, rigid, high-strength bond.