How To Remove The Last Remnants Of Nail Glue From Your Press-On Mani

Using press-on nails is an easy way to give yourself a manicure while saving some cash, but getting that sticky glue off can be a challenge. If you've ever used nail glue, you know how strong the stuff can be. In fact, nail glue contains cyanoacrylate, which is the same chemical found in many super glue products, according to experts at Healthline. When it comes time to remove the press-on nails, the glue tends to adhere to the nail beds very well, leaving you with a crusty residue. But with a little patience and a few items at home, you can get rid of that glue easily and be ready for your next manicure.

First, you'll need two bowls large enough for you to soak your hands in. You'll need warm water and oil (it can be a cuticle oil or even a neutral cooking oil). You also need acetone, which is an essential part of removing the glue. A nail buffer or file will help scrape off any excess glue residue, and lastly, a cuticle oil or moisturizer will help your nails recover.

Soak nails in warm water and oil

Grab a bowl or container that's big enough to allow both hands to soak. Fill it with warm water and add oil. It can be cuticle oil, baby oil, or even olive oil can work, too. This combination of water and oil will help soften and lift the glue while also moisturizing your nails. Soak for at least 10 minutes to let the glue become softer. This step might be a bit boring, so maybe put on your favorite show while you wait.

Soak nails in acetone

After your initial soak, place your hands into a smaller bowl of acetone for a few minutes. The acetone will break down the glue so you can take off the press-on nails easily. A little acetone will go a long way to help remove the press-on nails. 

Remove press-on nails at the base

The glue should now be a lot softer, and you should be able to start removing the nails painlessly. Remove the nails at the base near your cuticle. Peeling it at the tip of your nail can be painful if the glue hasn't deteriorated enough.

You can use your fingers to remove the nail, but it may help to use a hard object like a cuticle tool or spoon to help remove the nail.

Once the nails are finally off, there will likely be a bit of glue left over. To get those annoying last pieces off, soak your hands in the water and oil mixture again.

Use a nail buffer or file to remove residue

Take your nail file or buffer tool and gently rub it against the glue to help get the last bits off your nail beds. Try not to go too hard during this step to avoid weakening your nail beds. Do enough so that any excess glue can come off.

Moisturize nails with oil

Last but surely not least, you'll want to give your nails some love. Your fingers and nails might feel a bit dried out due to the acetone, so it's best to moisturize with some cuticle oil or nail serum to let them recover. Use your favorite hand lotion to moisturize your hands as well.