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How to remove glue from leather: Secrets for success

If you discover some dried glue on a leather item, learn how to remove glue from leather here. Whether you need to get super glue off leather shoes, a couch, or anything else, we’ll show you the steps to get it done fast.

How to remove glue from leather without damage 

If you are a handyperson around the home, you have probably used super glue and other adhesives. There’s always the risk of a stray bit of glue ending up on something where it shouldn’t be. If the item in question is made of leather, you may think it’s ruined. But that’s not the case.

Of course, it’s best to wipe it away before it dries. Generally, a damp cloth will do the trick. Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t notice the glue until it has dried. If so, it can usually be removed by following the procedure below. 

How to get glue off leather step by step

Leather can be a bit fragile, so take your time as you follow the steps below to remove glue from leather items:

  1. Use a dull-edged scraper to remove as much dried glue from the leather as possible.
  2. Apply warm soapy water to the area with a sponge or towel.
  3. Gently wipe away the glue residue from the leather surface.


If the above method doesn’t remove the glue from the leather, try using acetone to soften it up first.

  1. First, test a hidden part of the leather with a few drops of acetone to make sure it won’t damage the leather or affect the colour.
  2. If the acetone is compatible, use a cotton swab to apply the solvent to the glue spot. Continue gently applying acetone to the area, keeping it saturated until the glue begins to soften.
  3. Dab the softened glue with a cloth towel. Try to avoid rubbing the adhesive as it may smear. Instead, keep dabbing and reapplying acetone if needed.
  4. Once you have removed all the glue, wash the area with some soapy water and dry with a clean towel.

Getting super glue off suede leather shoes takes a slightly different technique. Try using talc powder and work it into the stain with a damp cloth. Once it clumps up, apply some acetone to soften the glue. Then use a scraper, nail file, or even sandpaper to gently scrape the glue away. (Again, test the acetone for compatibility on an inconspicuous spot.)

Get glue off leather—the professional’s secret

While the above methods are quite effective, a professional-strength glue remover can serve as a shortcut or a backup in challenging cases.

We recommend Loctite Glue Remover for such situations. This professional-quality formula removes glue from stained surfaces, badly bonded items, clothing, and leather. 

  1. Simply apply the remover to the glue, place a folded tissue or paper towel over the area, and allow it to soften the adhesive for up to an hour. 
  2. Remove and discard the tissue and repeat if necessary. 
  3. Once the glue is gone, wash the area with soap and water.

This formula will also work on ink and marker pen stains and will release bonded fingers in seconds.

To avoid accidental drips in the first place, try Loctite Super Glue Control. You’ll love the easy-grip precision applicator for pinpoint applications. It allows you to put the glue just where you want it without the mess. It dries to a super strong, transparent bond and is perfect for china, porcelain, metal, leather, wood, and most plastics.