How to Clean Up Epoxy Grout, Glue, Resin
Epoxy glue, grout and resin materials deliver industrial-strength adhesion and coating power while being able to withstand heat, water and harsh chemicals. That industrial strength that epoxy materials provide is great when you need extra strong bonding and durability for tough jobs, but the same strength also makes epoxy really tough to remove if it spills in the wrong place—like your skin, wood flooring, countertops or furniture. When you need to figure out how to clean up epoxy, Tub O’ Towels won’t let you down. These heavy duty wipes are formulated to make cleaning up tough messes easy, even industrial-strength epoxy.
The Harder Way to Clean Up Epoxy
Once epoxy has hardened, removing it can be difficult, but there are many methods you can try, ranging from simpler home remedies to extra strength removers. Getting epoxy back to its liquid state or to a gel-like state and then scraping it from the surface is the most common way to remove epoxy. There are also several methods to try to remove epoxy from skin. If you’ll be using chemicals to remove epoxy from surfaces—and you most likely will need to—first protect your skin by wearing rubber or leather gloves.
Some of the supplies you might need include: Paper towels, cloth, vinegar, acetone, citrus-based waterless hand cleaner, isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, paint thinner, putty knife or scraper, heat gun and aerosol spray refrigerant. After you’ve gathered the appropriate supplies, it’s time to get to work. The method used will depend on the type of surface where the epoxy spilled. Here are just a few examples:
- Skin — try to remove the epoxy quickly before it cures. Soak a paper towel or cloth with vinegar and rub it on the area until the epoxy softens enough to peel off. If that doesn’t work, try acetone or acetone-based nail polish remover, but use in a well-ventilated area. Citrus-based waterless hand cleaners can also be used in a bind. Thoroughly wash the area and use hand lotion to soothe and heal your skin after removing the epoxy.
- Wood or Concrete — avoid alcohol and paint thinners, which can damage or discolor wood finishes. Instead, use acetone. Heat can also be used (see below).
- Glass or Plastic — soak a paper towel in isopropyl alcohol and rub it on the surface until the epoxy loosens. If that doesn’t work, try a stronger solvent like denatured alcohol or paint thinner. Once the epoxy is removed, use a wet rag to remove any remaining solvents from the surface.
- Scrub the area with soapy water, putting elbow grease into it. Rinse the sponge out and keep repeating until the chemicals are out of the carpet.
- Heat Gun — for tough residues, a heat gun can soften the epoxy adhesive. Heat the area to 200 degrees, but avoid causing any flames or burning the material.
The Easier Way to Clean Up Epoxy
When you need to remove epoxy glue or resin or remove epoxy paint from skin, you can avoid raiding your kitchen or medicine cabinet, or running to the store for caustic chemicals. There’s one solution that makes a sticky job less sticky. Tub O’ Towels heavy duty wipes loosen stuck-on resin and make it much easier to remove. Here are the simple steps to take:
- Pull out a heavy duty Tub O’ Towels wipe.
- Test wipe an unnoticeable area on the material you’ll be cleaning.
- Wipe over the epoxy, allowing the cleaning solution to soak in and loosen the epoxy.
- Use a putty knife or scraper if needed to scrape away the epoxy.
- Use an additional wipe if needed until the residue is gone.
About Tub O’ Towels
Why are Tub O’ Towels the best cleaning wipes available today? Here are just some of the reasons why they wipe up other remedies:
- Exclusive Bond Buster™ Technology: This unique technology actually breaks the molecular bond of the resin and the surface it’s stuck to, which is why it’s easier to remove without a lot of work or a lot of steps.
- Gentle Cleaning Agents: A biodegradable blend of detergents, emulsifiers and foaming agents break up the epoxy without harsh chemicals so you won’t need gloves or other skin protection. Tub O’ Towels are also perfect to get epoxy off hands or skin because of the gentle cleaning agents, which actually moisturize the skin as they break up the epoxy.
- Eliminate Epoxy: Oversized wipes are made to be tough with durability that makes fast work of sturdy epoxy glue, grout, resin and paint. Plus, a quilted design stays saturated with our advanced cleaning solution so they’re guaranteed to keep working.
- VaporLock Technology: A VaporLock seal means wipes stay wet between uses so they’re always ready to tackle any job.
Time for a Better Cleaning Wipe?
Cleaning up epoxy shouldn’t be an ordeal. Discover Tub O’ Towels today on our website or at leading retailers and put their power to work on your toughest spills and messes.