How to remove glue from glass

The most effective way to clean the glass from the glue – to use professional solvents. At the same time, there are also home glass cleaning methods. They involve using sunflower oil, vinegar, alcohol, or other solvents, as well as soft wipes, cotton swabs, foam sponges, and other cleaning tools that do not scratch the glass surface.

We have prepared a selection of ways to quickly clean the glass from the glue improvised means.

Ways to remove glue at home

Ways to remove glue at home

Glass cleaner

Standard glass cleaner is good for removing glue stains. Apply a generous amount of the stain to the affected area, wait for 4-5 minutes until the stain has soaked in, and then spray the product again. Glue residue is easily removed with an ordinary paper towel.

Mechanical method

If you left a trace of a recent sticker on the glass, you should wipe it off with your fingers – in this case it will start to roll into small balls. Once the glass is clean, you just need to rinse it with water.

Sunflower oil

Order of action:

  1. Apply the oil to the sticker and wait 5 minutes to fully soak the paper base;

  2. Remove the contamination using, for example, a plastic card, office knife.

You can use vegetable oil instead of sunflower oil.

Alcohol, vodka, cologne

95% alcohol will quickly remove any glue residue. Vodka, cologne, lotion containing alcohol can be used if not available. Moisten a piece of paper towel with the oil and wipe the glass surface with it. Doing so allows the glue to come off quickly and without leaving traces. Alcohol itself quickly evaporates and evaporates from the room, leaving no traces.

Only use ethyl alcohol. Methyl, isopropyl are not suitable – if you inhale them, there is a risk of poisoning the body.

Cleaner tape

This method is optimal for removing recent stickers.


  1. Glue the masking tape to the adhesive mark, leaving some of the tape unglued;

  2. Swipe the tape 3-4 times with something hard;

  3. Grasp the free end of the tape and pull it off sharply;

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until the glass is completely clean.

11% vinegar

Spray vinegar on the dirty glass for about 5 minutes. Then use a ruler, plastic card or a knife to remove the adhesive. The remaining traces are easily removed with a soapy solution.

How to clean the glass from the glue

Gasoline, kerosene

Order of action:

  1. Apply gasoline or kerosene to the soiled area for 2 minutes;

  2. Take a towel or cloth and wipe the glass;

  3. Additionally wash the surface with a soapy solution to get rid of the unpleasant smell.

Hair Dryer

Hot air can quickly get rid of even stubborn glue stains.


  1. Moisten the sticker with vegetable oil;

  2. Turn hair dryer to maximum temperature;

  3. Place hot air on the dirty area of the glass.

Once the sticker begins to come off the glass, it is enough to remove it and additionally wash the surface with a soapy solution.

Warning! Do not use a lighter, burner, or flaming match. Otherwise the glass can crack, and there is a risk of indelible black stains and sooting.

Dishwashing detergent


  1. Apply the remedy to the contaminated area and leave it on for 2-3 minutes;

  2. Using a sponge, remove glue residue.


A regular high school eraser can help with recent stains.


  1. Wet the surface with water;

  2. Wait for the soiled area to soak in the liquid;

  3. Wipe it off with a sponge on the hard side;

  4. Use an eraser to erase the remains of the sticker;

  5. Repeat the procedure until the contamination is completely removed.


How to clean glass from glue

Squeeze the juice of a lemon and apply it to the stained glass for 4-5 minutes. Using a sponge with a hard side, remove the stain. Citric acid diluted in water can be used instead of lemon juice.

Stationery knife

If you are not afraid to scratch the glass, you can scrape the glue off with a utility knife. Any plastic card will do instead. This method is optimal for stale, dried up dirt, because if the glue stain is fresh, a knife or card will only smear it.

Warning! Use sponges with an abrasive surface must be careful – otherwise the glass will be scratched. Do not use an iron brush.

It is also not recommended to use acetone, as it smears the adhesive rather than dissolving it. Acetone can only cause more damage to the glass.

Professional tools

If the glass has a large and stale stain from the superglue, you will need professional tools to remove it, like “Super-Momenta Anti-Glue”. You can buy it in specialized stores that sell building materials, household goods. These products are sold in small 5g tubes. If the surface is too dirty, you will need to buy 3 or 4 cartons.

Use extreme caution when using these products. “Antiknock glues” are toxic and can cause harm if they come in contact with skin, mucous membranes. Wear rubber gloves and a face shield when applying the cleaner to the glass surface. The room where the treatment is performed should be well ventilated. Children and pets are not allowed in it.


  1. Apply the adhesive to a cloth or sponge;

  2. Clean the adhesive stain without smearing it all over the pane or additional stains will appear;

  3. Allow the glue to set for 20-25 minutes. See manufacturer’s instructions for specific time;

  4. Remove the substance with a rough, dry cloth.

If the stain is very old, you will probably need to repeat the above steps several times.

A more gentle option is WD-40 grease. It evaporates quickly and is not as toxic as glass glue.

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