How to Get Glue Off Countertops

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic scraper (a spatula or a credit card)
  • Metal spatula or razor-type scraping tool
  • Sponge
  • Abrasive cleanser
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • "Goo Gone" (or a similar petroleum-based cleaner)
  • Nail polish remover or lighter fluid
  • Dish soap

Have you discovered a patch of dried glue on your counter top and don't know how to remove it.? This article will give you some suggestions on how to get the glue off without damaging the surface of your counter.

Getting Rid of the Goo

Use a plastic scraping tool to try to scrape the dried glue off the counter. Try a plastic spatula or the edge of a credit card.

Try a metal spatula or a razor-type scraping tool if the plastic scraping tool didn't work. Be very careful when you scrape with these, experimenting with various angles, finding an angle that will get the glue to come off, without scratching the counter.

Resort to this if necessary: If there is still glue residue on the counter after scraping, try the following remedies in this order.

Use a wet sponge and abrasive cleanser to rub the spot. This will remove any kind of white glue, school glue, or wood glue. If the residue still remains, proceed to the next step.

Use rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. Rubbing alcohol will clean up some types of glues and it won't harm your counter. If the residue still remains, go to the next step.

Clean the spot using "Goo Gone" (or a similar petroleum-based cleaner, such as "Goof-Off") and a paper towel. If the residue still remains, try the next step.

Use nail polish remover or lighter fluid and a paper towel. Before you treat the spot, however, first try the cleaner on a part of the counter that is hidden from view, such as behind the microwave or in a far corner, to see if it will damage the surface of the counter. If it does not harm the counter surface, proceed to clean the residue spot. If the residue loosens but does not come off, try using the metal scraper again.

Use a sponge and dish soap to clean the counter after using the aforementioned products.


  • When working with rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, or lighter fluid, always make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Always read the warning labels on the backs of cleaning fluid containers.

About the Author

RuthJ is the author of a student guide to Beowulf, published by Greenwood Press. She is currently writing a book on the technology and material culture of the Middle Ages. She taught her kids at home for many years and learned many offbeat things.