Removing Glue from Formica

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 25, 2016)

Formica has long been one of the more popular choices in coverings for countertops and tabletops. In large part this is due to how durable and easy it is to clean and maintain this type of material. However, there are some instances where it is somewhat difficult to actually get clean. One such instance is when you find yourself removing glue from Formica.

Before you begin using any of these methods for removing glue from Formica, the number one thing that you should keep in mind is safety. Some of these methods can potentially harm you or your counters and tables if you are not careful. Always use the proper safety equipment for the job, such as rubber gloves and safety glasses when working with any chemicals. In addition, you should always test the method to ensure that it will not actually damage the Formica itself.

  • Scrape it off. Using something like a putty knife, butter knife, or small flat wood chisel you can begin to remove the glue from your Formica. This method is ideally suited for dealing with glue that has been particularly built up. Simply work the flat edge of the tool under the edge of the glue, and gently begin to remove the glue. Be careful as you do this so that you do not gouge the wood itself.
  • Contrasting temperatures. Contrasting temperatures is a great way to deal with a variety of problems. In fact, this can work from anything from hail damage to removing glue from a Formica table. Use a blow dryer from underneath the tabletop, and make it as hot as possible (as long as it is able to deal with heat). At the same time place an ice cube directly onto the glue. This should cause the glue to at the very least release from the table, or possibly liquefy so that you can wipe it up.
  • Solvents. There are solvents that you can purchase, such as paint thinner, that can help to dissolve the glue. However, when using this particular method you need to be very careful. Never apply the solvents directly to the Formica, but rather onto a clean rag and use that to wipe away at the glue. Continue to do this until the glue has been removed.
  • Refinish. Perhaps the single most drastic method that you can use when removing glue from Formica is to completely refinish the table or countertop. You can either do this yourself, or hire a professional to do it for you. Either way, you can use this as an opportunity to get started on remodeling your kitchen.

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