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
put the glue on
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
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