Removing Dried Glue from Clothing and Carpets

Whether you have children in the home or not, most households come into contact with glue at one point or another. Glue is a secret weapon when it comes to fixing things around the house. It can help your kids create beautiful art and fix a broken fingernail. But as awesome as this invention is it can be a huge mess if it lands on something it’s not supposed to.

Among other adhesives, glue is typically easy to remove from washable garments and surfaces. However, make sure to check the label if it has one. You may have heard us say this is our other posts and we cannot stress this enough. It’s important to read the label prior to cleaning something. If the label says dry clean only or washes with cold water only, that’s what you should be doing. You risk damaging the surface by not reading the label. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, today I’ll show you how to remove…

Fingernail Glue Stains

Similar to super glue fingernail glue will start to spread around if you try to wipe it up right away. Unlike most stains, you want to want to give fingernail glue time to dry before cleaning it up.

Fingernail Glue on Fabric

  1. Check the label for care instructions.
  2. Take a cotton swab and dipped in acetone and start by testing it on a small area to make sure the acetone doesn’t cause damage to the fabric.
  3. Once you’re in the clear you can start dabbing the hardened glue from the outside in. Make sure to let the wet swab sit on the hard stain for a few moments. You may need to repeat this process several times.

Fingernail Glue on the Carpet

  1. Take one cup of warm water, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and mix it together.
  2. Using a clean white cloth or sponge, Dip it in the solution and scrub the area
  3. Blot area with clean water and cloth to rise. And allow the area to air dry. You may need to retreat in this process several times.

Commercial Glue Stains

Otherwise known as construction adhesives, a commercial glue stain can be extremely difficult to remove. It’s not named an adhesive for nothing. So if your using this type of glue around the house make sure to cover the floors and wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. You should also purchase an adhesive remover for back up.

Commercial Glue Stains on Fabric

  1. After the adhesive has had time to dry take a dull knife or a plastic scraper and lift away any excess glue. 
  2. If the stain is on a piece of clothing you can put the garment in the freezer. When the glue is frozen solid you should be able to break most of it off, treat any remaining stain with your handy dandy adhesive remover, and pop it in the washing machine. For other fabrics use adhesive remover and then the warm water solution we talked about above.

Commercial Glue Stains on the Carpet

  1. Using an ice pack or a sandwich bag full of ice try to freeze some of the adhesive. 
  2. Follow the directions on the bottle of commercial adhesive remover and use appropriately.

Hot Glue Stains

If you’re a crafter you probably find yourself prone to hot glue stains. And if that’s the case then you know that the resin from hot glue and some surfaces don’t mix.

Hot Glue Stains on Fabric

  1. If allotted place the fabric stained surface in the freezer so the hot glue can turn brittle enough to scrape away. 
  2. Use Goo Gone to treat the rest of the fabric and then proceed to wash as normal.
  3. Some fabrics require you to take them to the dry cleaner to be serviced when they come in contact with hot glue stains. So make sure you read your label!

Hot Glue Stains on the Carpet

  1. Place a plastic bag filled with ice cubes or an ice pack over the hot glue stain to freeze it. 
  2. When it’s completely hardened, slowly begin breaking off the pieces. You never want to attempt to wipe hot glue off of the carpet. This can cause the hot glue to set deeper into the fibers making it almost impossible to remove later.


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