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How to Remove Dried Glue from Carpet

October 29, 2020

Glue is everyone’s go-to home and office item when it comes to bonding broken things together. But when this handy and useful adhesive gets stuck on your carpet, it’s an entirely different story! 

So how to get glue out of carpet? In this article, we’re going to show you the different steps when removing different types of glue stains — from craft favorites such as hot glue all the way to heavy-duty types like gorilla glue.

How to Get Glue Out of Carpet

Removing a puddle of dried glue out of carpet fibers? Here’s a quick and easy way to do it:

  1. Remove glue stains or glue spots from the carpet surface by scraping them away with a plastic knife. Do this gently to avoid pulling up carpet fibers.
  2. Soak a clean sponge in warm water and gently rub against the carpet surface to soften the glue.
  3. Use white distilled vinegar or a gentle dish soap to break away any loose bits.
  4. Use dish soap and warm water as an alternative if the stain still persists.
  5. Loosen any excess bits from the carpet further by rubbing them with a sponge or a clean cloth.
  6. Pat the surface with a clean cloth to remove any remaining stain and leave it to air dry.

How to Get Gorilla Glue from Carpet

Gorilla glue is a brand of polyurethane adhesive that is known for its highly sticky and powerfully durable adhesive properties. It can be used on a number of surfaces and objects, making it the go-to super glue for many households. 

But when it gets on your carpet surface, things can get a bit tricky. First, you will have to do your own version of carpet cleaning by acting quick and removing any excess glue stains. You do this by scraping the glue stain away with a plastic knife. Afterwards, putting the right amount of acetone solution or nail polish remover on the stained carpet area is recommended. 

Make sure to do the entire process carefully to avoid damaging the entire carpet itself. Doing this should be enough to remove glue stains that have dried up on the surface.

How to Get Wood Glue Out of Your Carpet

When left untreated, wood glue is another tough adhesive that can damage your carpet permanently. The best way to go about it is by using a powerful solvent such as a distilled vinegar to break away the carpet stain. To err on the side of caution, do a spot check on a tiny surface of the carpet first to make sure it won’t harm your carpet.

Once you’re good to go, apply a small amount of the solvent solution on the stained area. Get a dry and clean rag and lay it across the top of the area. Afterwards, put a bit of steam on the surface using a steaming iron at medium heat. This will break away the remaining glue particles, causing them to disintegrate. Clean the carpet with gentle soap and water once the stain has been removed.

How to Get Hot Glue Out of Your Carpet

Hot glue is one of the most common carpet stains courtesy of the glue gun, an arts and crafts-favorite that helps things stick together instantly. So when the unfortunate event of hot glue dripping down their way on your carpet happens, you need to act fast.

Grab a thin piece of fabric and press it against the dried hot glue stain. Rub an iron over the top, transferring the hot glue from the carpet to the fabric. Avoid wiping any fresh or dried hot glue stain as it can only make the whole thing worse.

How to Get Hair Glue Out of Your Carpet

For water-based glue stains, you will need a natural solution like white distilled vinegar and warm water. Simply dip a clean cloth into the mixture and apply it to the stained area. Do this repeatedly until all stain marks and formations have fully been removed.

However, if the glue is not water-based, you will need a more capable solvent like an acetone solution or a nail polish remover to break away the stain. Simply add a few drops of the nail polish remover on a clean cloth and apply it to the stained area. Do this sparingly to avoid any discoloration on the carpet fabric and material.

How to Get PVC Glue Out of Your Carpet

PVC glue is another type of super glue and powerful adhesive that can be difficult to remove and have lasting damage on your carpet. Since it’s a slow-drying plastic compound normally used on plastic pipes, removing it takes double the effort compared to other types of glue. Here’s how to do your own version of carpet cleaning:

  1. Remove glue stains that have dried up using a sharp knife. You can also use a plastic knife if your carpet is made up of sensitive fabric.
  2. Scrape away badly damaged carpet fibers that have been fully drenched in glue.
  3. Use white distilled white vinegar and warm water to break away the stains. You can also use a dish detergent soap and warm water as an alternative.
  4. Using a clean cloth, gently rub the stains in a circular motion. 
  5. If you're still unable to remove glue stains entirely, simply repeat the entire process until you're satisfied with the results.