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How to get sticky residue off wood in a few simple steps

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Glue stains on wooden surfaces can be a real nuisance. But not anymore! With a few easy steps, you’ll learn how to get sticky residue off wood for good.

How to remove adhesive from wood

If you like working with materials like wood, you know that sticky glue residue comes with the job. Using a really strong super glue will help your project, but it may incur some stains or spills, too.

A hand swipes with a cloth over a glue stain on a wooden box.
Mix nail polish remover or vinegar with water and soak a cloth in it to remove the glue residue from the wood

But removing glue from wood isn’t all that difficult — you just need a few tools to get started:

  • scraping tools like an old credit card, sandpaper or a hard spatula
  • towels, rags, or cotton swabs
  • furniture polish, nail polish remover, or vinegar
  • wood finish in glossy or matte

Tips on how to how to get sticky residue off wood

To best remove glue from your project, always start by gently scraping the residue away. If this isn’t enough, proceed to the next step by dissolving the glue with a solvent like nail polish remover, or vinegar mixed with water. By soaking a cotton swab or rag in one of these solutions, and gently applying it to the affected area, you will remove every last bit of glue.

Finally, add wood finish to match it with the rest of the project!

What removes glue from different types of wood surfaces?

Fortunately, any combination of the above steps should remove super glue adhesives from wood surfaces, especially furniture. Advancements in super glue composition have improved both the quality of the product and the ease of cleanup. For instance, when you use a quality adhesive to seal your floorboards, not only does this ensure longevity, it also requires minimal cleanup.

A hand holds a plastic spatula in front of the stains of a lying glue bottle on a red chair.
Soaking the glue residue and carefully scraping it away with a hard spatula can make wooden furniture shine clean again

What is the best wood glue to use?

For your next woodworking project, reach for a tube of Loctite PL Premium Max. This quality adhesive is specifically formulated for bonding all types of wood for interior or exterior construction projects. While being environmentally friendly, its formulation is low in odor and cleans up easily with water alone!

For smaller jobs, such as crafts and furniture repairs, try using Loctite Super Glue Liquid Professional. This tiny bottle contains a mighty glue that can bond almost any surface in seconds! Great for repairing that antique armchair or a broken toy. It dries clear and with no need for clamping!

Products used

  • loctite pl premium max 9oz cartridge
    Loctite PL Premium Max

    Strongest bond to most materials. Ideal for any project where long term strength and durability are a must.

  • loctite longneck super glue 8g stationery card
    Loctite Super Glue Liquid Professional

    Professional applications where fast drytime and highest strength are desired.

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