How to Remove Glue From Ceramic(3 Methods Free & With Cost)

Different types of glue are used in ceramic for incredible bonding. Also, you have to remove glue from the ceramic for overuse or misuse. 

I designed this post to let you know how to remove glue from ceramic using glue dissolver or remover (homemade or chemical) and heat (hot water, heat gun, torch, hair dryer, iron). So, you can follow any method that you find easier. Let’s get started.

How To Remove Glue From Ceramic

In most cases, food-safe ceramic glue is used for making or repairing ceramic food containers, or kitchen appliances. You can effortlessly remove these glue within some minutes. 

Cleaning Glue From Ceramic With Homemade Solutions 

You can remove any ceramic or other glue with soapy water, petroleum jelly, lemon juice, olive oil, white vinegar, and baking soda. All those ingredients have cleaning agents or acid that effectively removes the glue.

If you use these homemade solutions, most of the processes to remove glue from ceramic are almost the same. So here, I share a master guideline to make the process easier. 

Step 1: Collecting tools

First, prepare any one of these ingredients, an old toothbrush, clean water, and a clean rug. 

Step 2: Prepare your solution

If you use soapy water, pour 2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent into lukewarm water and make it soapy. 

If you use lemon juice, cut a lemon and squeeze half of it to get out its juice. 

If you use white vinegar and baking soda, make a paste with 2 parts of white vinegar and 1 part of baking soda. 

Step 3: Apply the solution

You must soak a cloth in soapy water over the glue. 

You can apply lemon juice, petroleum jelly, olive oil, white vinegar, and baking soda paste to the glued surface. 

Step 4: Wait to loosen the glue

Depending on the solution, your waiting time may vary. You have to wait for 25-30 minutes for soapy water, 15-20 minutes for lemon juice, and 10 minutes for olive oil, petroleum jelly, and baking soda paste solution. The cleaning agents or acid will work against the glue strength within this time. So, the glue will be soft to come off itself. 

Step 5: Rubbing the space

Grab the toothbrush and gently rub it on the glue for 3-5 minutes in a zigzag pattern or circular motion. When rubbing, you’ll notice the glue will be entirely loosened to clean. 

Step 6: Clean the glue residue

If the glue-affected ceramic item is large, you can clean the loosened glue by wiping it with a damp cloth. 

But if that is small, rinse it with clean water and wipe it with a dry clean cloth to make it dry. 

Cleaning Glue From Ceramic With Commercial Glue Remover


If you have to remove heavy glue from ample ceramic space, like tiles, sinks, and rooftop sheets, then using homemade solutions won’t be the right choice. 


Because DIY glue removers aren’t efficient, they need more time, elbow grease, and effort. 

On the other hand, commercial glue remover will help you remove glue from ceramic with less effort, time, and energy than DIY removers. 

However, if you don’t like to use food items to remove glue, the chemical glue remover is also the right option for you.

So, are you thinking about which glue remover will be effective, easy to use, and budget-friendly? 

Don’t think, as numerous glue removers are available on the market. You can collect them from your nearest hardware shop or online. 

To make your online shopping a breeze, here I’ll mention some most popular glue removers with their buying link so that you can collect them with one click. 

So, I hope you have one among these glue removers to do your job. Fortunately, you’ll find these removers using the instructions on their label. That’s why it’s wise to read the labels to know how to use them. 

But, there are some people who have doubts about acetone and its work on ceramic. So they have a question like

Will acetone damage ceramic?

It is partially yes and no, depending on the ceramic items and finishes. For finished and non-porous ceramic products, acetone may discolor or damage the ceramic. But for unfinished, porous ceramic, acetone is safe. So it is recommended to spot test acetone on a small inconspicuous part of the ceramic item before applying it to ample space to ensure its effectiveness. 

These commercial glue removers using processes are also almost the same as DIY removers. So, here I also write a master guideline to tell you how to remove super glue from ceramic with these.

Step 1: Prepare tools

It is said that good preparation is half the job. So you have to prepare your tools before starting the task. Keep the glue remover, a putty knife, a sponge, and a clean rag together. 

Step 2: Apply the remover

Spray the glue remover against the glue and let it sit.

If you use Uni Solve wipes, then you can skip this step. 

Step 3: Wipe the space

Now, grab the sponge and rub it on the glued area where you previously sprayed the glue remover. The glue will come off with the sponge as it is already soft due to the remover. 

For Uni Solve wipes, bring a wipe from the packet and wipe the glued area with it. 

Step 4: Clean the glue residue.

Again, wipe the space with a damp cloth to remove the chemical odor. 

Note: You have to use these chemical-based glue removers carefully. Because inhaling, coming in contact with your nose, eyes, tongue, or skin, you may feel irritation, itching, or rash. In that case, you must take first aid or professional doctors’ help as early as possible. Even though they are flammable, you should store them in a cool, dry, and safe place. 

Cleaning Glue From Ceramic With Heat


You may be surprised to know that applying heat is also an effective method to remove glue from ceramic as well as metal or concrete floors.

Thinking, how? 

By melting glue. Yes, when you apply heat to the dried glue, it’ll melt due to heat. So you can effortlessly remove the melted glue from the surface with a damp cloth. Let’s see a step-by-step guide. 

Step 1: Prepare tools

A heat gun, torch, hair dryer, iron, and hot water are excellent tools for heat application. So get ready any one among them that you have in your home. You also have to prepare newspaper or cardboard if you use iron. 

Step 2: Generating heat

Most of them produce heat with the connection of electricity except for hot water. Insert the power cord into the power socket that tool you want to use, and wait around 30-60 seconds to let it generate heat. 

If you want to remove glue from ceramic tiles, you can use hot water. In that case, boil water depending on the glued surface. 

Step 3: Applying heat

Hold the torch, heat gun, or hair dryer 20-30 inches above the ceramic and apply heat until the glue melts. 

For using iron, place a thick layer of newspaper or a thin layer of cardboard on the ceramic surface before applying iron heat. 

Pour hot water on the ceramic tiles to loosen the glue with heat. 

Step 4: Clean the melted glue

Once the glue is melted, wipe the space with a damp cloth to clean. 

If you use hot water, scrape the soft glue with a plastic floor scraper, as only wiping won’t be as effective as scraping for removing ceramic tile glue. After that, clean the loosened glue and wipe the space. 

Note: When you follow this guideline, you should keep kids and pat far away from you. 

Before applying heat to more space, you can taste it in a small space to define the heat as there is no hard and fast heating level. Because it depends on the glue, ceramic thickness, and condition. 

Don’t apply too much heat to one specific space, as there is a high chance of damaging the ceramic. 

How To Remove Gorilla Glue From Ceramic

Gorilla superglue is excellent for bonding all kinds of materials. But removing this glue is challenging if you don’t know how to remove the dried glue. However, I’ll make the process easier by discussing an innovative glue-removing method. 

The Things You Need

  • A clean rag
  • Goof Off
  • A clean cloth


  • Saturate the rag with a few drops of Goof Off, and wipe the glue-affected ceramic surface for 15-30 seconds.
  • When the glue comes off with the rag, and there is no glue left, throw the rag into a waste bin. (If one rag becomes dirty and there is more glue, you can repeat the process with another Goof Off soaked rag)
  • In this last step, clean the glued area with a damp cloth to remove glue residue and Goof Off odor. 

How To Remove Hot Glue From Ceramic

If you want to remove hot glue from ceramic, then Isopropyl Alcohol will be most effective. It also takes a few minutes to complete the task. 

The Things You Need

  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Cotton pad
  • An old toothbrush
  • Clean cloth


  • Pour a few drops of Isopropyl Alcohol on a cotton pad and place it on the ceramic for 5-10 minutes to loosen the glue.
  • Remove the soaked cotton pad and gently rub the space with an old toothbrush. 
  • Once you rub the entire glue-affected surface, wipe the space with a damp cloth. 

How To Remove Glue From Ceramic Christmas Tree


If you have a ceramic Christmas tree to celebrate your upcoming Christmas, it needs a lot of maintenance. Right? 

Cleaning, wiring, and decorating with snow are common tasks. You’ll need glue to attach snow to the tree, and here you have to remove the glue if you make a mistake. Let’s see how you remove glue from a ceramic Christmas tree.

The Things You Need

  • Pure acetone
  • Clean rag
  • A putty knife
  • A clean cloth


  • Soak the rag with acetone and wipe it on the Christmas tree where there is glue. 
  • Now, gently scrape the soft glue with the putty knife without damaging the tree. 
  • Finally, again wipe the space with a damp cloth to remove the scraped glue residue. 

Take out

Here I have shown you multiple methods on how to remove glue from ceramic cost-free and cost. So you can go with one of the methods that you find easier, faster, and more effective for your project. 

Trust me; all the methods will offer you more excellent results than your imagination. 

So why are you waiting? Collect the things you need, do the job, and share your experience with me through the comment section. 

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