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Q.What is the best way to clean polyurethane adhesive from skin? How about from carpeting?

A.The best idea is to wear gloves and not get it on your skin to begin with. I use cheap vinyl gloves from Grainger’s. If polyurethane glue does get on your skin, wipe it immediately with a waterless hand cleaner. After it dries, the only way to remove it is to use an aggressive pumice-based hand cleaner, which will remove most of the glue (and part of your skin). The dried glue will wear off in about a week.

On carpeting, the last thing I would do is try to clean it by wiping it with anything containing water. Naphtha should remove the bulk of it, without initiating curing.

— J.J.