Super glue is an excellent product for quick fixes, “superbonding” to a variety of materials. It will stick to your skin, metal, wood, ceramic, and even your Corian countertops. By the time a drop spills, it dries and bonds very quickly before you can wipe it away.
You can remove super glue from a Corian countertop by following a few simple steps:
- Apply a remover, such as acetone or an alternative, to the glue
- Allow it to sit for a few minutes
- Peel, scrub or gently scrape off the residue
- Clean the surface with soapy water and rinse
- Repair any scratches or gouges, if necessary
What Is Corian?
Corian is a solid molded material consisting of acrylic polymers, natural minerals, and stone. This material is commonly used for countertops, sink bowls, shower surrounds, and backsplashes.
Corian is popular not only due to its affordability, but because it is non-porous, does not need sealing, appears seamless, and is easy to clean and maintain. It comes in a large variety of colors and can be molded into any shape for a unique look.
It does not handle the heat from hot pans well and has a softer surface that can be scratched, dented, or chemically altered. These issues can be remediated, and you can take preventative steps as well.
5 Steps To Remove Super Glue From Corian Surfaces
Even though super glue is stickier than wallpaper, you can easily remove it yourself using a variety of options.
1. Gather Materials
You need the following materials:
- Soapy water: dish detergent (1-teaspoon) and hot tap water (1-cup)
- Acetone nail polish remover (or alternatives)
- Cotton balls/Q-tips
- Plastic wrap
- Nylon scrub pad
- Knife (putty, razor blade, or dull butter knife)
- Paper towels
- Fine sandpaper (220-grit)
- Microfiber towel
- Rubber gloves
Alternative removers: ice, peanut butter, olive oil, WD-40, vinegar and baking soda, hair dryer
2. Apply Remover To The Super Glue
Before using a remover, see if you can peel the dried glue off with a fingernail.
Use hot soapy water first, since this will be the gentlest on the surface.
- Soak a paper towel in the soapy water.
- Let it sit on the spot for 10 minutes.
- Then follow the remaining steps.
If soapy water does not remove the super glue, then another alternative should be used.
Generally, acetone is the best option for getting the glue off, but you can consider the other options below as well.
Acetone can be used on surfaces such as marble, Corian, granite, quartz, and laminate. Test it on an inconspicuous spot first to check for color fastness.
This is a flammable substance. Keep it away from heat sources, wear rubber gloves, and use it in a well-ventilated area.
Acetone is a solvent that breaks down sticky glue residues, dissolving them. Work quickly with this solvent so that it doesn’t sit for extended periods on the surface.
- Dip a cotton ball or Q-tip into the acetone.
- Apply it to the super glue in small circular motions.
- Concentrate the acetone to just the spot with super glue on it.
- Allow the cleaner to sit on the spot for 10 minutes.
- Since acetone evaporates quickly, place a piece of plastic wrap over it to hold the moisture in.
3. Scrub Or Scrape The Super Glue Off
Use a light touch that is concentrated on the glued spot.
Scrub the spot with a clean toothbrush or nylon scrub pad, wiping up residue with a paper towel.
Using A Knife
If the toothbrush or pad does not work, then gently scrape at the spot with a knife to peel it off of the surface.
Use a gentle sliding motion to avoid damage or scratches.
Take care not to gouge the countertop, by moving the knife’s blade flat and horizontally across the surface.
4. Use Soapy Water To Remove Residue
Use hot soapy water to remove any acetone or other cleaning residue once the glue has been removed.
Rinse the soapy water off with clean water and a sponge or cloth.
Thoroughly dry the spot and check for any damage, such as gouges or scratches.
5. Repair Any Damage
Your home improvement store may offer scratch remover products that can be used on Corian. The color of Corian is the same throughout the thickness of the material, which means small scratches are not going to be as visible.
If there is a gouge, you may notice a permanent dent, but you can smooth the edges by sanding and buffing.
If your countertops are finished with a gloss that makes a sheen, this will also need to be renewed.
This video demonstrates how to smooth and polish scratched Corian countertops:
Alternatives To Acetone
Keep in mind that some of these could potentially alter the color of the Corian countertop. Make sure you minimize the amount you use to the targeted area.
Then, fully clean and remove any residue with soapy water.
Ice can freeze the molecules in glue, making it brittle and easier to break off.
- Fill a plastic bag with a few ice cubes.
- Place it on the super glue for 5 minutes.
- Break off the bits of glue with a knife or fingernail.
Peanut Butter Or Olive Oil
Oils can remove super glue from skin, and is something you can try with your Corian countertops.
The oil in peanut butter can break down the glue, or you can soak a paper towel in olive oil.
- Let a paper towel dampened with hot tap water sit on the glue for 10 minutes.
- Spread or apply peanut butter or oil to the glue.
- Let it sit for another 10 minutes.
- Scrape or peel off the residue.
- Clean up oil residue with soapy water.
- Rinse and thoroughly dry the surface.
WD-40 Multi-Use Spray
This multi-use spray is an excellent product for removing sticky substances.
- Spray the WD-40 on a cotton ball and apply it to the super glue.
- Let it sit for one minute.
- Scrape or peel the glue off.
- Clean the surface with soapy water.
- Rinse and dry.
Vinegar And Baking Soda
Combined, vinegar and baking soda offer a fizzy cleaning option to break down the glue. This combination can even help remove stains from a variety of surfaces.
- Apply vinegar to the glued spot.
- Make a paste of baking soda and water.
- Scrub the baking soda onto the vinegar, working in circular motions.
- Scrape off the glue.
- Clean the surface with soapy water, rinse, and dry.
Corian surfaces can only withstand heat up to 212ºF, so use care not to damage and discolor your surface with heat sources.
Generally, hair dryers heat from 80 to 140ºF, however, refer to your hair dryer’s manual to check its temperature settings.
Use a hair dryer and concentrate the heat on the glue.
Then, peel or scrape the glue off.
If the acetone or other options do not work, this should be your last option. Lightly sand the super glue off with fine 220-grit sandpaper.
Concentrate your sanding to the glued surface, working in circular motions. Use a light touch.
Buff it with a damp microfiber towel.
Rinse away sanded particles and debris.
Daily Cleaning And Maintenance Of Corian Countertops
To avoid chemically altering the color of your Corian countertop, you should only use pH-neutral cleaners, much like those you would use on natural stone or granite surfaces.
Soapy water is effective for cleaning Corian, however, it can leave a residue. Simply rinse the surface with a clean and wet sponge until the residue disappears.
A nylon scrub pad can be used on Corian countertops, as long as you use care to not aggressively scrub. It is better to loosen any stuck debris with warm and soap water first, then lightly scrub.
Refer to the product labeling to make sure commercial cleaners can be used on Corian.
Do not let cleaners sit for extended periods on the surface to prevent color changes. Just spray the cleaner on, and then wipe throughout to remove all traces.
If you are unsure about a chosen cleaner, test it in an inconspicuous spot first.
Do not use bleach or window cleaner on a Corian surface. These can alter the color or leave a waxy film on the surface.
Preventing Scratches And Damage
Use cutting boards and trivets to avoid scratching or heat damage.
Refrain from using super glue, other sticky materials, or staining materials on Corian surfaces.
If you do use any of these on the surface, lay down a protective layer, such as wax paper, a silicone mat, or newspaper.
Getting super glue on anything that it is not intended for, can be frustrating. Thankfully, you can effectively remove it using a variety of removers, such as soapy water, acetone, ice, or even peanut butter.
Take care to not scratch the surface as you work on removing the glue. If scratches do occur, light sanding and finishing can make it look new again.