HOW TO SURVIVE superglue accidents

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HOW TO SURVIVE superglue accidents

Invented by accident during World War II when manufacturers were trying to create
 clear gun sights, superglue was later brought to market as an ultra-strong adhesive.
It’s been gluing people’s fingers to broken coffee mugs ever since.

1  Use superglue for serious fixes only.
 Cyanoacrylate – the chemical name for the adhesive
 – is no joke. It can bear a load of up to a tonne, if
 bonding metal to metal. It can be used to fix just
 about anything but the bond is always strongest
 between less porous materials.

2  Be careful around clothing. Not only
 will it ruin it, but chemicals in superglue
 have been known to react with natural
 fibres such as cotton, wool and leather,
 releasing a heat so intense it can smoke
 and cause burns.

3  Keep it away from your skin – unless you have a cut or are
 a rock climber. It may not be medically recommended, but
 superglue is so good at closing up a wound that Army medics

use it on the
 battlefield.
 Climbers and
 guitar players
 put the glue on
 their fingertips
 to decrease
 sensitivity.

If you do get 

4  If you do get in a sticky situation, roll with it. First, try to separate your skin from the item it’s
 adhered to by rolling it off slowly. This will minimise the surface area and make the separation
less painful.

5  Keep some nail-polish remover to
 hand. Acetone is the most effective
 compound for softening and removing
 superglue. Coincidentally, a nail emery
 board is a pretty effective tool for
 rubbing away stubborn glue.

6  Go natural. If you like to live chemical-free
 (though you probably wouldn’t be using superglue
 in the first place), everything from margarine to
 salt to dishwashing powder is also said to soften
 cyanoacrylate.

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