01 of 09
Remove 8 Types of Glue Stains
Glue can create masterpieces or save the day when a lamp is broken, an acrylic fingernail comes off, or a tile comes loose in the bathroom.
But as great as glue can be, when it lands on your clothes or carpet it's a disaster. Most of the time it can be removed from washable clothes and carpet. But, if any type of glue lands on clothes labeled as dry clean only, head to a professional dry cleaner and point out the stain to get the best results.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Commercial adhesives can be very difficult to remove from clothes. That's why you should always wear work clothes and cover carpet and flooring before 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!
If a spill happens, it is best to allow the adhesive to dry on the fabric or carpet before attempting to remove it. Wiping at wet glue will only drive the adhesive deeper into the fibers. Use... the edge of a dull knife or plastic scraper to lift away any excessive globs of glue; then let the area dry.
For clothes, place the garment in the freezer. Once the glue is frozen solid, you can usually "break it off" the fabric. Then treat any remaining stain with the solvent or a stain remover and wash as usual.
For carpets, try freezing the adhesive with some ice cubes in a plastic bag. You may be able to break it away. Then use the recommended adhesive solvent following the directions. Always test the solvent in a hidden area to be sure the carpet is colorfast.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
Super Glue and Fingernail Glue
Artificial nail glue is basically the same chemical formula as super glue. To remove the glue from fabrics and carpet, don't panic and start wiping at the glue. You'll only spread it. Allow the glue to dry before attempting to remove it.
- Dip a cotton swap in acetone-based nail polish remover (the more gentle ethyl acetate removers will not work) and test on a small, inner seam to make sure the nail polish remover does not damage or discolor the fabric or carpet.
- Working from the outside of... the stain to the inside, dab the hardened glue with the swab, letting the swab sit on the glue for a minute or two. Use a dull kitchen knife to scrape away any loose glue. You may need to repeat this process several times as the glue is lifted.
- When you feel all the glue is gone from washable fabrics, treat the area with a 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.
For carpet, after the glue is gone mix a solution of one cup warm water, one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent and two tablespoons distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean white cloth, paper towel, or sponge in the solution and give the area a quick scrub. Blot with a clean cloth dipped in plain water to rinse. Allow to air dry.
Read This Before You Try to Remove Nail Glue
Acetate, triacetate, and modacrylic fabrics dissolve in fingernail polish remover, acetone, or paint thinner. Always read the fiber content labels first! Using these products will create holes that cannot be fixed. To remove nail glue from these fibers, consult a professional dry cleaner.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Glitter glue is one of those combination products. 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.
Removing 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. White glue is a protein stain and hot water can "cook" the protein and make it more difficult to remove. Next, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand... names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and cool water following package directions.
- 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.
- If the glue is dry, use a dull knife or the edge of a plastic credit card to remove as much of the dried glue as possible and then treat as above.
For glitter glue on carpet, use a dull edge to lift away as much as possible. Mix the solution of oxygen bleach and warm water. Saturate the stained area and allow the solution to work for at least one hour. Wipe away with a clean dry cloth. If dye remains, repeat with a fresh solution of oxygen bleach. If all of the dye is gone, sponge with plain water and allow to air dry.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Hot glue guns and sticks are a crafter's best friend. However, hot glue resin and fabric don't mix.
If you have some time, hot glue resin does not adhere well when it is extremely cold. So, place the glue-stained fabric in the freezer overnight to harden the glue. The next day, use a dull edge or your fingernail to remove the glue. Goo Gone, a commercial cleaner, can be used to remove any remaining residue and then wash the fabric as usual.
If you don't have time to wait, acetone can... be used to remove the glue. But remember, acetone or fingernail polish remover CANNOT be used on 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, 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. Use a clean swab as the glue is transferred and keep working until all traces of the glue are gone. After removing the glue, wash the garment as usual.
For carpet, the easiest thing is to freeze the glue by placing a plastic bag filled with ice cubes over the glue. It will harden and you can easily "break" it off the carpet fibers. You can also use acetone but never try to wipe hot glue away, it will only push it deeper in the fibers.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Rubber cement is great for crafting but can leave a stain on clothes.
- To remove the glue, scrape off as much rubber cement as possible from the surface of the fabric using a dull edge. Do not rub the stain because it pushes the glue deeper into the fabric.
- Treat the area with a stain remover or a bit of heavy-duty laundry detergent then wash in the hottest water approved for the fabric.
For carpet, use a dull edge to lift away as much of the rubber cement as possible. Then mix a solution of one... cup warm water, one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent, and two tablespoons distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean cloth in the solution give the area a quick scrub. Rinse with a clean cloth dipped in plain water. Allow to air dry.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Usually, the paper part 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 stain with cool water. Treat the area with a stain remover and wash as usual.
- Check the area before putting 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 may take several attempts with the hot vinegar to remove all of the residue.
Use the same hot vinegar treatment on carpet. Saturate the area and let it work for five or ten minutes. Blot away with a paper towel and rinse with plain water. Repeat if necessary and let the area air dry.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Read this BEFORE You Try to Remove Super Glue from Clothes
Clothes made from acetate, triacetate. or modacrylic fabrics dissolve in fingernail polish remover (acetone) and paint thinner. Even if the clothes are only an acetate blend, a hole will appear and cannot be repaired. Consult a professional dry cleaner for any of these fabrics.
How to Remove Super Glue Stains
- Allow the glue to dry completely before attempting to remove it from fabric.
- Dip a cotton swap in acetone-based nail polish remover an...d rub the swab on an inner seam to make sure the remover does not damage or discolor the fabric.
- To keep the stain from spreading, work from the outside of the stain to the inside dabbing the spot with the swab. Use a clean swab as the glue is transferred. You may need to repeat this process on both sides of the fabric.
- When you the glue is removed, rub a bit of heavy-duty laundry detergent into the stain and wash as usual. Check the stain before placing the garment in the dryer; you may need to repeat the cleaning steps. High heat from the dryer will set the stain and it will be impossible to remove.
Use the acetone and cotton swab cleaning method to remove super glue from carpet. After the glue is gone, mix a solution of one cup warm water, one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent, and two tablespoons distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and give the area a quick scrub. Rinse with a clean cloth dipped in plain water. Allow to air dry. Repeat the steps if necessary.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
White or School Glue
White school glue is a staple for every kid and crafter. Fortunately, the stains are easy to remove by following these steps.
- White glue is a protein stain that can be removed by soaking and rubbing the stain in cold water before washing.
- 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 pushed the glue deeper into the fibers. Flush out the glue by holding the fabric under a... running cold water faucet and then wash.
- If the stain is dried or old, scrape off any crusted matter, then soak in cold water for 30 minutes before washing.