If you’ve got kids, chances are they’ll be using a water-based glue in school to complete art projects and so on. This commonly used white glue is typically very safe and non-toxic. However, it is quite runny, and does have a tendency to get everywhere – kids spill it on themselves, dip their elbows in it, and even sit in puddles of it, leaving a nice sticky stain on the back of their trousers. Even adults can struggle to avoid a spill.
Whether you have kids with stained clothing, or your own craft projects have left you with an undesirable stain, this article explaining how to remove glue from fabric is for you. It’s very simple!
Remember to always check the care label on your garment before attempting stain removal.
To remove water-based glue:
- Allow the glue to dry completely
- Scrape off as many layers of the glue as possible.
- Soak in cold water overnight.
- Remove from the water and massage liquid laundry detergent into the stain.
- Place in the washing machine as normal and wash on a warm setting.
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.
- Dry & Scrub - 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.
- 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 to a piece of cotton wool, and gently wipe your stain.
- 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. 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.