How to remove glue from fabric: Simple solutions
Removing glue from fabric can be a frustrating experience if you dive right in without a little know-how. Here’s how to do it the right way for most common types of glue.
Super glues are some of the most commonly used household glues, and they are also responsible for most of the stains. To remove super glue from fabrics, first wait until the glue is fully dried. Use a dull knife or edge to remove as much of the dried glue as you can. Soak the glue in cold water, then blot the glue with a wet sponge.
If the glue persists, apply acetone (or an acetone-based product) with a cotton swab, starting at the stuck glue’s seam and working outward, careful not to apply too much directly on the fabric. Blot away excess acetone and softened glue with a cloth. Repeat as necessary, then rub heavy-duty laundry detergent into the spot, let it sit, and launder as normal. Make sure the glue is fully removed before drying at high heat.
Hot glue is commonly used at home, but it can leave bad stains on fabric. To remove hot glue from fabric, start by placing the fabric in a freezer overnight. Once it’s frozen, you may be able to scrape it away with a dull-edged tool or your fingernail.
Another solution is a commercial cleaner, which can remove most glues from fabric. Acetone, commonly found in nail polish remover, also works wonders. Be careful, though: acetone can dissolve certain synthetic fibers.
Some glues like super glues or epoxies need to be soaked for longer and acetone may dry off too quickly. In these cases, a dedicated glue remover works best.
To remove sticker residue from fabric, try warm white vinegar, then rinse thoroughly. Rubbing alcohol can also do the trick.
With any of these solutions, they should be checked first on a hidden part of the fabric to make sure the fabric is not damaged.