How to Remove Every Type of Glue from Clothes

  • 01 of 09

    How to Remove Glue From Clothes

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    Glue can save the day when a lamp is broken, an acrylic fingernail comes off or a tile comes loose in the bathroom. Glue is also a must for creative types young and old when creating a masterpiece.

    But as great as glue can be, when it lands on your clothes or tablecloth it's a disaster. Never fear, help is here. Follow these tips on how to remove eight types of glue from washable clothes.

    If any type of glue lands on clothes labeled as dry clean only, head to a professional dry cleaner and...MORE point out the stain to get the best results.

    How to Remove Glue from Washable Clothes

    • Commercial adhesives
    • Fingernail Glue
    • Glitter Glue
    • Hot Glue
    • Rubber Cement
    • Sticker Residue
    • Super Glue
    • White or School Glue
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  • 02 of 09

    How to Remove Commercial Adhesives From Clothes

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    Commercial adhesives can be very difficult to remove from clothes. That's why you should always wear work clothes when tackling home improvement projects. If you are messy or accident prone, buy the adhesive remover or solvent at the same time you purchase the adhesive!

    It is best to allow the adhesive to dry on the fabric before you begin cleaning. Wiping a wet glob of glue will only drive the adhesive deeper in the fibers. You can use the edge of a dull knife or plastic scraper to lift away...MORE any extra glue then let the area dry.

    Try placing the garment in the freezer. Once the glue is frozen solid, you can usually "break it off" the fabric. Then treat any remaining stain.

    Most of the adhesive solvents can be used on fabrics - check the label. First test a hidden area to be sure the fabric is colorfast. If not and you must remove the glue, head to a professional cleaner.

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  • 03 of 09

    How to Remove Nail Glue From Clothes

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    Artificial nail glue is basically the same chemical formula as super glue. Use these stain removal steps to remove nail glue from clothes, sheets and upholstery fabric.

    Before You Remove Nail Glue, Read This

    Acetate, Triacetate and Modacrylic fabrics dissolve in fingernail polish remover or acetone or paint thinner. Always read the fiber content labels first! To remove nail glue from these fibers, consult a professional dry cleaner.

    How to Remove Nail Glue Stains

    • Don't panic and start wiping at...MORE the glue. You'll only spread it. Allow the glue to dry before attempting to remove it from fabric.
    • Dip a cotton swap in acetone-based nail polish remover (the more gentle ethyl acetate removers will not work) and test the fabric on a small, inner seam to make sure the nail polish remover does not damage or discolor the material.
    • Working from the outside of the stain to the inside, dab the spot with the swab, letting the swab sit on the spot for a minute or two. Using a dull kitchen knife, scrape away any loose glue. You may need to repeat this process several times from both sides of the stain.
    • When you feel the glue is gone, treat the area with a pre-wash stain remover or a bit of heavy duty laundry detergent and launder according to fabric care label directions. Check the stain before placing the garment in the dryer; you may need to retreat. Drying on high heat will set the stain and it will be impossible to remove.

    If you spilled some nail polish too, follow these tips to remove the stains.

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  • 04 of 09

    How to Remove Glitter Glue From Clothes

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    Glitter glue is one of those combination products that can cause stain problems on clothes. The glue is most often a white (school glue) base but then the manufacturer adds dye for color and that glitter that never seems to disappear. I am firmly convinced that glitter multiplies when we are not looking.

    Removing the glitter glue stains from washable fabrics is a two step process.

    • If the glue is still wet, start by flooding the area with cold water - never hot. White glue is a protein stain and...MORE hot water can "cook" the protein and make it more difficult to remove. Next, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, or Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach are brand names) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water.
    • Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. This step will remove the dye component. If after soaking the stain is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

    If the glue is dry, use a dull knife (table knife) or the edge of a plastic credit card to remove as much of the dried glue as possible and then treat as above.

     

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  • 05 of 09

    How to Remove Hot Glue From Clothes

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    Hot glue guns and sticks are a crafter's best friend. However, hot glue resin and fabric don't mix. Whether the glue was used on purpose for a quick fix or dripped by accident, there is a way to remove the traces from washable fabrics.

    • Hot glue resin does not adhere well when it is extremely cold. So, place the glue-stained garment in the freezer overnight to harden the glue. Placing the garment in a plastic bag first is a good idea!
    • The next day, use the edge of a plastic credit card, a...MORE dull knife (table knife) or your fingernail to remove the glue.
    • Goo Gone, a commercial cleaner, can be used to remove any remaining residue.

    I Need This Glue Gone NOW!

    If you don't have time to wait, acetone can be used to remove the glue.

    CAUTION: First, read the fabric content label of your garment. If your clothing has a fiber content of acetate, triacetate or modacrylic, take your garment to a professional dry cleaner. No home glue removal method is safe for these fabrics. Acetone will dissolve the fabric!

    For other washable fabrics, use acetone-based fingernail polish remover and absorbent white towels. Place a white towel under the stain. Dip a cotton swab in the acetone. Working from the outside of the glue stain toward the inside, keep dabbing as the glue transfers from your garment to the cotton swab. Keep working until all traces of the polish are gone and use a clean cotton swab as the glue is transferred.

    After removing the glue, wash the garment as usual.

     

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  • 06 of 09

    How to Remove Rubber Cement From Clothes

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    Rubber cement is great for crafting but can leave a stain on clothes. Learn the simple steps to remove rubber cement stains from clothes:

    • Scrape off as much glue as possible from the surface of the fabric using a dull kitchen knife. Do not rub the stain because it pushes the glue deeper in the fabric.
    • Treat the area with a prewash stain remover or a bit of heavy duty laundry detergent then wash in the hottest water approved for the fabric.
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  • 07 of 09

    How to Remove Sticker Residue From Clothes

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    It has happened to nearly all of us, a kid's sticker gets left on a shirt accidentally and goes through the clothes washer or worse, the dryer. Learn how to remove the sticker or decal residue left behind.

    Why Are Kids Sticker Crazy?

    The introduction of peel off stickers verses lick-and-stick stickers caused an avalanche of stickers from teachers, businesses and every kid loves them. And, every parent has to deal with little wads of paper stuck in every load of laundry.

    Usually the paper part...MORE of the sticker washes away in the washer and you're left with the residue or adhesive that is used on the back. Quite often, the adhesive has attracted dirt or lint and the stain looks almost black.

    • Begin by heating undiluted white distilled vinegar in the microwave until it is quite warm. Use a sponge and saturate the sticker area with the warm vinegar. Allow the area to "soak" in the vinegar until the adhesive loosens.
    • Rinse the area with cool water. Treat the area with a prewash stain remover and wash as usual
    • Check the area before you put the clothes in the dryer. If any residue remains, repeat the treatment. Do not put the garment in the dryer until all adhesive is gone. If the garment has already been through the dryer, it make take several attempts to remove all of the residue.
    • You can also use acetone or nail polish remover on the residue. (NEVER use on clothes made of content of acetate, triacetate or modacrylic. THE FABRIC WILL MELT.)  Test first to be sure the shirt is color stable. Put the sticky side of the shirt face down on a white towel. Pour the acetone onto the back of the shirt and rub. It may take several attempts to get all the residue to come off.
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  • 08 of 09

    How to Remove Super Glue From Clothes

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    Read this BEFORE You Remove Super Glue from Clothes

    Clothes made from acetate, triacetate or modacrylic fabrics dissolve in fingernail polish remover or acetone and paint thinner. Even if the clothes are only an acetate blend, a hole will appear and can not be repaired! 

    Always read the fiber content labels first! To remove super glue from these fibers, consult a professional dry cleaner.

    How to Remove Super Glue Stains

    • Allow the glue to dry before attempting to remove it from fabric.
    • Wet a cotton...MORE swap with acetone-based nail polish remover (the more gentle ethyl acetate removers will not work) and test the fabric in a small, inner seam to make sure the nail polish remover does not damage or discolor the material.
    • Working from the outside of the stain to the inside, dab the spot with the swab, letting the swab sit on the spot for a minute or two. Using a dull kitchen knife, scrape away any loose glue. You may need to repeat this process several times from both sides of the stain.
    • When you feel the glue is gone, rub a bit of heavy duty laundry detergent into the stain and wash according to care label directions. Check the stain before placing the garment in the dryer; you may need to retreat. High heat will set the stain and it will be impossible to remove.
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  • 09 of 09

    How to Remove White or School Glue From Clothes

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    White school glue is a staple for every kid and crafter. Fortunately, the stains are easy to remove by following these steps.

    • Glue is a protein stain that can be removed by soaking and agitating or rubbing the stain in cold water before washing. Never use hot water because it cooks the protein making the stain hard to remove.
    • The stains are easiest to remove if treated while fresh. Use a dull knife or plastic edge to remove as much of the glue as possible from the surface. Do not rub because that...MORE pushed the glue deeper in the fibers. Flush out the glue from the back of the fabric and then wash in cool water.
    • If the stain is dried or old, scape or brush off any crusted matter, then soak in cold water using a liquid detergent with color-safe bleach.
    • After pre-soaking for at least 30 minutes (overnight is best) wash in warm - not hot - water with detergent. If stain remains, repeat the soaking step with a new solution, then rewash.

    For more stain removal tips: Stain Removal A to Z