4) Wash as Normal
Now all you need to do is pop the clothing into the washing machine, preferably on a warm rather than hot setting (30 degrees is about right), and add your laundry detergent. You’ll have clean, non-sticky clothing in a jiffy.
Removing Super Glue from Clothes
Removing super glue from clothes is slightly different, as the product isn’t water-based. This means that flushing the spill with water isn’t going to cut it. Instead, you’ll need something a little stronger – but take particular care with delicate fabrics. Remember to check the care label on your garment for washing guidelines – if in doubt over whether it’s safe to attempt super glue removal on your garment yourself or not, consult a professional dry cleaner first.
1) Dry & Scrub
Once again, you’ll want to let the super glue dry first before attempting to remove the glue. You can also try giving it a little bit of a scrub or scrape once dry, although don’t expect to remove as much as you would when dealing with water-based glue. Don’t scrub delicate fabrics too much – if none of the glue is coming off, move onto the next step rather than wearing out the fabric with friction.
2) Use Acetone
Acetone – found in some nail polish removers – is one of the only chemicals that can eat its way through super glue. It’s effective on fabrics, and has even been used to successfully remove super glue from skin, which is a handy hint if you ever find you’ve accidentally glued your fingers together. Apply the nail polish to a piece of cotton wool, and gently wipe your stain. This isn’t a quick process, as the acetone will only remove one layer of the glue at a time, so you’ll need to keep going. The downside of acetone is that it’s not particularly gentle, which means some delicate fabrics may become discoloured. Always test on an inside seam first. If the acetone does affect the fabric, you may want to consider dry cleaning.
3) Wash as Normal
The final stage of removing any stain should always be a cycle in the washing machine with a good quality laundry detergent (or dry cleaning for dry-clean-only fabrics), as this will ensure that any remaining residue is removed, leaving you with fresh and clean clothing. It’s always a good idea to check the stain has been removed before drying – if any glue remains, just pop it back in the washing machine.
With the right method, removing super glue from clothes is no longer an ordeal and water based glues become incredibly simple to shift. So the next time the kids come home with glue covered clothes, just give these tips a try.