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If you are using industrial glue, chances are that you want a strong bond that will stand up to just about anything. The features that make this type of adhesive great for heavy-duty applications, though, also make it a nightmare in the event of a spill. Whether you’ve gotten some on the wrong surface, you need to take apart components that have been glued together, or you managed to get some of the adhesive on your hands, removing industrial glue can be a monumental challenge.

When working with or removing any type of industrial adhesive, referring to the safety data sheet is always highly recommended. This document contains vital information on ensuring your safety when working with the product and can help give you a clearer idea of exactly how to remove a specific product. However, here are a few general industrial glue removal tips to help you remove heavy-duty adhesives with minimal damage.

Scrape Dried Glue Off of Hard Surfaces

Industrial glues are often used in the construction industry and commonly end up on floors, paneling, molding, etc. If you are dealing with this type of problem, you may be able to remove small amounts by simply scraping it off. Use a putty knife to carefully scrape the adhesive off of hard surfaces, taking care not to drive the edge of the tool into the surface too hard.

If you are trying to remove industrial adhesive from tiles and it doesn’t want to come off, try using a bit of rubbing alcohol or acetone. These products work to loosen up some types of industrial glue. Be mindful, though, that they can also damage painted surfaces.

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Try an Industrial Grade Adhesive Remover

Sometimes, an industrial grade adhesive remover is the best option for removing industrial glue. Keep in mind, though, that these products are loaded with powerful chemicals that enable them to eat through even the toughest industrial adhesives. In addition to being extremely dangerous, these chemicals can also damage particular surfaces. We recommend testing the product on a small, hidden area to ensure that the solvent will not damage the surface you are trying to remove glue from.

Take extreme care when using any type of industrial grade adhesive remover. Always read the instructions carefully. These products generally come with built-in spongers and scrapers, but if not, use the tools recommended by the manufacturer.

Typically, you need to use a sponge to apply the adhesive remover. After letting it sit for the recommended amount of time, try scraping it off of the surface. If you are unable to remove it, apply more adhesive remover, and let it sit for about an hour. After an hour, you should be able to gently scrape the adhesive from the surface.

Apply Heat

If you are dealing with a delicate surface and are unable to use adhesive remover, acetone, rubbing alcohol, etc., a bit of heat may do the trick, without damaging the surface. Some stubborn adhesives melt or soften and become much easier to remove when heated. Heat the adhesive using a heat gun. If you do not have access to a heat gun, a hair dryer may work in a pinch. Once the surface is hot, try to gently scrape the adhesive away using a putty knife.

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Safely Remove Industrial Adhesives From Skin

If you get industrial glue on your skin, don’t panic. This is especially important if you’ve accidentally glued your fingers together. Trying to force them apart could cause your skin to rip and result in serious injury. If you have gotten industrial glue on your lips, eyelids or in other sensitive areas, seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, soak the area in warm, soapy water. Soak and gently rub the area for 15 minutes or so to see if the adhesive starts to loosen. If it does, gently work the glue loose and remove it.

If this doesn’t work, soak the area in acetone. As an alternative, you can try using a petroleum-based solvent like Goo-Gone. Be patient, and slowly work the adhesive off of your skin. Once the glue has been removed, wash your skin thoroughly to remove all traces of solvents. Consider applying moisturizer to help repair your skin.


Removing industrial glue isn’t easy, but the tips listed above should do the trick. If all else fails, though, you can contact the product manufacturer for additional assistance.

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