If you’ve got little ones at home, they probably use water-based glue for their art projects at school. This type of glue is usually safe and non-toxic, but it’s known to be rather runny, so it has a tendency to spill on things. It’s not just kids – even adults find it hard not to spill it. If your child spilled glue all over their school uniform, don’t panic. We’re going to tell you how to remove glue from clothes and fabric – it’s super simple!
How to Remove Glue from Fabric: Water-Based Glue
Dry & Scrub
Your first instinct might be to try and remove it before it dries, but it’s better to wait until it’s dry and transparent. If you rub it while it’s wet, you’ll just spread the sticky residue – which is the last thing you need. Instead, using a blunt object such as a stiff-bristled brush, scrape off anything you can. Even if you can’t remove all the glue, you should be able to remove most of the top layers. Most probably, the only glue remaining will be what’s attached to the fabric.
Cold Water Soak
If the stain is still visible, try soaking the fabric in cold water. Because the glue is water-based, the flushing technique can work (using water to flush out the sticky residue). It’s very important to use cold water, as warm water can set the glue and make things worse. Leave it soaked overnight, making sure it is completely submerged. By the time you wake up, the glue should be soft enough to remove.
When you remove the garment from the cold water, apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent immediately. A good option is try a product specially designed to be used as a pre-treatment, like OMO Liquid. Regardless of the product you use, remember to make sure that it is compatible with your fabric and that you’re using it according to the instructions on the care label. When removing glue from clothes, gently massage the detergent into the glue to make sure it penetrates the fabric properly.
Wash as Normal
The next step is to pop the clothes into the washing machine, preferably on a warm setting rather than a hot one – we recommend keeping it at 30 degrees. Add your laundry detergent, and your clothes will be good to go!
Removing Super Glue from Clothes
If you want to know how to remove super glue from clothes, it’s important to bear in mind that it’s slightly different since it isn’t water-based. Water alone won’t do it, so you’ll need something stronger – but be careful with delicate fabrics as they might damage easily. Check the care label on your garment for washing guidelines before attempting to remove the super glue. If you have any doubt that your garment might get damaged, ask a professional dry cleaner first.