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How to remove glue from fabric: Gudbuy t’stains

Want to know how to remove glue from fabric? Our guide will show you how to get glue out of fabric in just a few simple steps. So, instead of assuming that your shirt or pair of jeans is ruined, find out how easy it is to say “Gudbuy t’stains” (with apologies to Slade)!

How to remove glue from fabric

Yes, glue stains are annoying, but they’re not the end of the world. With a bit of patience and the right tools at your disposal, you can remove glue stains from fabric, leaving no trace. Just follow these simple steps, and your clothes will be spotless again in no time.

How to remove dried glue from fabric

Removing dried glue from fabric is simple. Just try the following method.

Soaking in cold water

  1. Remove as much dried glue as you can with a knife or hard edge.
  2. Soak the glue stain in cold water. Ideally, leave it to soak overnight.
  3. Dab the remaining glue stain with a wet sponge. You can also try adding some laundry detergent.
  4. Wash the fabric in the washing machine as normal.

If it’s a particularly stubborn glue stain, you can try this approach instead.

Applying acetone

  1. Apply acetone. Use a cotton bud soaked in acetone (a chemical found in most nail polish removers) to gently brush the glue stain. Focus on the stain, and take care not to get too much on the fabric.
  2. Remove excess acetone with a cloth. Then repeat these steps if necessary.
  3. Rub laundry detergent into the stain. Leave it to sit for a while.
  4. Wash the fabric in the washing machine as normal. Avoid drying at high heat unless you’re sure the glue is completely gone.

Acetone is very effective as a glue remover, but it can also damage or discolour delicate fabrics, so try the water method first.

How to remove hot glue from fabric

Hot glue stains are less common, but can occur while using a glue gun for DIY or crafts. The first step to removing hot glue from fabric is waiting for it to dry, then leaving it in the freezer overnight. Frozen glue is easier to remove, and you may be able to simply scrape it off with your fingernail or a dull knife.

Alternatively, you can try applying a small amount of acetone or isopropyl rubbing alcohol.

Get glue off fabric with Loctite Glue Remover

If you want to remove glue from fabric and other materials even more easily, it’s worth getting a glue remover product. With Loctite Glue Remover in your cupboard, you’re always prepared; this handy little tube removes glue stains from fabric as well as stained surfaces. It can even be used to unstick your fingers!