With plastic

foto18003-1Glue stains on the plastic surface can appear even with careful work. If the time was lost, and the composition had time to dry, it will not be possible to remove it with water.

Substances will be required that are able to dissolve the adhesive mass without harm to the surface on which it comes into contact.

How fast and safe remove the glue with plastic, read the article.

How can adhesive be removed from plastic?

The main difficulty that can be encountered when cleaning is the selection of a product that can dissolve the glue, but not damage the plastic surface.

foto18003-2If possible, you need to use gentle compounds, for example:

  • soap,
  • soda,
  • petrol,
  • boiling water.

If they do not allow you to achieve the desired result, go to aggressive means, including:

  • acetone,
  • solvent,
  • Dimexide, etc.

To prevent the plastic from melting and staining after the procedure, you must not violate the instructions and exceed the specified exposure time.

How to remove with baking soda?

Baking soda will help deal with fresh stains. It is used to remove non-aggressive compounds that have a water-soluble base, for example, PVA or office glue.

Mode of application:

  1. Prepare a thick soda gruel.
  2. Apply it to the stain with a sponge.
  3. Leave to act for 20 minutes.
  4. Clean the surface with a soft brush.
If the plastic is glossy, then a cloth or sponge is used to remove the composition. Soda not only copes with simple dirt, but also slightly whitens the surface.


Acetone will help to deal with tough Moment or Seconds stains. Since different types of plastic react differently to solvents, you need to test them in an inconspicuous area.

foto18003-3Mode of application:

  • apply the product to the stain;
  • leave to act for 30 minutes;
  • remove the glue with a rag.

Even old stains succumb to acetone. If there are concerns that it could ruin the plastic, it is replaced with nail polish remover. The concentration of acetone in it is lower, therefore it acts softer.


Soap solution is a non-corrosive and safe formulation that can be used to remove adhesive from plastic. The only drawback of this product is its weak cleaning ability.Old stains are difficult to treat.

For cleaning plastic, it is recommended to use laundry soap, not toilet soap. It contains fats and acids, which have the best cleansing ability.

Mode of application:

  1. Prepare a highly concentrated soap solution. It should be thick, like sour cream. For 2 tablespoons of grated soap, take a tablespoon of warm water.
  2. Apply gruel to the surface to be cleaned.
  3. Leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove adhesive with a spatula or other suitable object, rinse plastic with clean water.

It is possible that multiple soaking and layer-by-layer removal of the glue will be required to completely get rid of stains. Therefore, this method cannot be called fast.


foto18003-4You can use paint thinner to remove the glue. The choice is made on compositions such as:

  • White Spirit;
  • Xylene;
  • Solvent;
  • solvent 646 or 647;
  • Turpentine.

All of them have an aggressive base, so you need to use them carefully on a plastic surface, not exceeding the exposure time of 15 minutes.

Mode of application:

  • apply the composition on a cotton pad or on a cloth;
  • moisten the stain;
  • leave to soak for 5-15 minutes, at this time you need to monitor the reaction of the plastic product, with any changes, the product is removed;
  • wipe off the remnants of glue with a soft cloth, wash the surface with clean water.

Protect your hands with gloves when in contact with any solvent. The room in which the work is carried out must be well ventilated.

Hair dryer

Heat treatment can be used to remove adhesive from plastic. This method is safe if you follow the instructions strictly:

  1. foto18003-5Turn on the hair dryer at minimum heat.
  2. Direct a jet of air at the stain. You need to hold the device at a distance of up to 10 cm. Since the power of hair dryers differs depending on the model, it is necessary to monitor the reaction of the plastic by moving the device closer or further away.
  3. Wait until the glue becomes soft.
  4. Remove it with a paper towel.

Do not overheat the surface. If this recommendation is not followed, the plastic may deform. For work, in no case use a construction hairdryer.

Boiling water

You can soften the glue with boiling water. The procedure should be as follows:

  1. Turn on hot water and place the plastic product to be cleaned under the stream. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  2. If it is not possible to act on the object with water from the tap, it is boiled in a kettle and applied to the stain in any convenient way. The older the dirt, the longer it will take to soak.
  3. When the composition becomes soft, remove it with a rag.

If it was not possible to remove all the glue from the first time, the procedure is repeated.


Anti-glue is specially designed for removing stubborn compounds (Superglue Moment, Seconds, etc.). The product is produced in a small tube of 5 g.

foto18003-6Mode of application:

  • apply the gel to the stain, you need to act accurately, trying not to get on the clean plastic area;
  • leave to act for 5-10 minutes;
  • remove the softened composition with a paper towel.

A tube of Anticlea costs about 100 rubles. You can buy it in the departments with household chemicals and building materials.

How to erase stains with gasoline?

Gasoline helps to remove glue from plastic. It has a pronounced odor, so it should be used in rooms with good ventilation.

Mode of application:

  1. Apply gasoline to a cotton pad.
  2. Wipe the dirty surface with it. If the stain is old, the disc can be left as a compress for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the composition completely.
  4. Rinse the plastic with warm water.

Kerosene can be used in a similar way.


Dimexide is a drug on the basis of which an antimicrobial drug is prepared.

In undiluted form, the concentrate is used as a solvent.It is so effective it can easily remove Superglue stains.

foto18003-7Mode of application:

  • moisten a clean cloth with Dimexide;
  • attach it to a plastic surface;
  • press the fabric and leave for 2 minutes;
  • remove softened glue;
  • wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth.

Dimexidum acts quickly, so you cannot overexpose it for longer than 2-5 minutes.


Alcohol dissolves glue well, at the same time it is absolutely safe for plastic. Therefore, you can use it without fear of spoiling the material.

Mode of application:

  1. Dampen a cotton ball or clean cloth with alcohol.
  2. Wipe the dirty surface with it.
  3. If necessary, leave the compress for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Remove stain.

If it was not possible to cope with the glue the first time, the procedure is repeated. Vodka or cologne can be used as a substitute for pure alcohol.


Glass cleaner contains a certain percentage of alcohol, so it can be used to remove glue from the surface of plastic products. The effect is enhanced by a surfactant or soap that is part of it.

It is used by analogy with alcohol: it is applied to the stain, left for 20 minutes and wiped with a clean cloth. The product is safe for plastic and for human health, but you need to work with it with gloves.

Features of removing different types of adhesive

Depending on the type of glue, use different means to remove it:

  1. foto18003-8PVA - water, boiling water, soap solution, soda.
  2. Superglue, Moment - acetone, Anticlea.
  3. Titanium - solvents, acetone.
  4. Cosmophen - solvents, Dimexide.
  5. Hot glue - hair dryer.
  6. Silicate glue - Dimexide, solvent, gasoline.
  7. Liquid nails - acetone.
  8. Silicone - alcohol, glass cleaner, hot water.

Read how to remove adhesive from a sticker from plastic here.

Helpful information

Recommendations to follow when carrying out work:

  1. They begin to remove the glue immediately after it hits the plastic surface. After it hardens, it will be much more difficult to deal with the stain.
  2. When working with solvents, do not rub the surface too hard. It is enough to blot the sticky residue with a soft cloth.
  3. Colored plastic can become covered with white spots where the solvent is exposed, so first it is tested in an inconspicuous area.
  4. Use a hard but not sharp object such as a rubber spatula to remove the thick adhesive. It is recommended to move in one direction, rolling the sticky substance into a ball.


Dealing with glue stains on plastic is easy with the right product. The stronger the adhesive, the more aggressive the substance must be to remove it.

The main rule is not to leave the product on the surface for a long time., so as not to provoke its deformation and fading.

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