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How to remove glue from leather

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Would you know how to remove glue from a leather couch, or how to get super glue off leather shoes? Find out here in our simple guide and be ready for any such problem.

How to remove glue from leather—the basics

You’ve just discovered your favorite pair of leather shoes have a smear of glue on them from when you were working on a project in your workshop. Or maybe it was your teenager gluing something together for high school and managed to get it on your beautiful leather couch. Don’t fret, both of these are savable if you know the steps for how to get glue off leather. 

One hand holds a leather shoe, the other rubs a toothbrush over a stain on the leather.
You can remove a stain on leather with a sponge, a cotton bud or a soft toothbrush

How to get glue off leather—two methods

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Sponge
  • Nail polish remover (acetone)
  • Terry cloth
  • Warm soapy water 
  • Hand towel
  • Scraper 

Method 1:

  1. Use your scraper, (find something with a dull edge) and remove as much of the dry glue as you can
  2. Next, take your warm soapy water and apply it to the area with a sponge
  3. Wipe the area clean and repeat as necessary
A person removes a glue stain from a leather shoe with a toothbrush.
Be careful when cleaning so as not to damage the delicate material

Method 2 for more stubborn situations:

  1. Apply the acetone on a hidden area first to check if it damages the leather
  2. Use a cotton swab to saturate the glue spot with acetone
  3. Gently apply the solution to the area until the glue loosens  
  4. Dab the area with your terry cloth towel, being sure not to rub it
  5. Wipe down the area with warm soapy water 
  6. Determine whether you need to repeat the above procedure

Now that you know how to remove glue from leather, you can choose glue wisely

If you have read this far, you probably own leather items that may potentially need a repair. What type of glue is best for leather applications?

Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control would be an excellent choice. It’s a specially formulated rubber toughened instant adhesive that resists impact, shock, vibration, and temperature extremes. It dries transparent and sets in seconds without clamping, making for nearly Invisible repairs.

For larger repairs that may come into contact with wet environments, a better choice might be Loctite Stik'n Seal Outdoor Adhesive. This semi-flexible crystal-clear adhesive is designed for both indoor and outdoor use and is ideal for bonding flexible materials such as fabric or leather. 

Products used

  • loctite super glue ultra gel control 4g tube
    Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control

    Super-tough, durable bonds that resist weather, impact, shock and vibration.

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