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How to Remove Craft Glue from Clothes

Get Out of a Sticky Situation

Have you ever noticed that most kids’ arts and crafts projects require glue? From adding glitter to a handmade card to sticking googly eyes onto colourful pictures, there are seemingly endless opportunities for kids to get their hands on the sticky stuff, and you know what that means: removing glue stains from clothes, tablecloths, and carpets.

Whether your kids knocked over the whole bottle or just smeared their PVA-encrusted hands over your jeans, our handy guide on getting glue off clothes has the answers. 


How to get glue out of fabric

Wondering how to get PVA glue off clothes? Most craft glues are water-based, which makes removing them from clothing and fabrics a breeze, but what about those that aren’t? 

Any glue that lists gelatine as an ingredient is an animal-based adhesive. Luckily, they tend to be water-soluble too, so you can follow the same process to remove glue from fabrics.

  1. Relax. Scrubbing at the stain immediately isn’t a good way to remove glue from fabric, as you’ll just spread the glue around a larger area. Wait for it to dry instead – don’t try and use heat to speed up the process though as you could set the stain.
  2. Scrape it off. Use a blunt knife or a spoon for this step of removing glue, and work gently. You should be able to remove the top layers of glue from the fabric once it’s dried, leaving only a little glue clinging to the fibres.
  3. Treat the stain. Work Persil liquid or a solution made from washing powder and water into the stain with an old toothbrush. Then soak in cool water for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash as usual. Use a cool cycle when you’re getting glue off clothes – heat could set any remaining marks on the fabric, making them harder to remove. Check the garment once it comes out of the machine and repeat the above steps as necessary.


Top tip: For glue stains on areas that can’t be machine washed, like furniture, carpets and furnishings, dab the area with a clean cloth dampened with cold water instead of Step 4.

And that’s it – everything you need to know about how to get glue out of fabric! Of course, these tips only apply to the craft glues your little ones come into contact with. If stickiness runs in the family, and you’ve had a mishap with a heavy-duty household adhesive, then we can help you remove those stains too. Just click here to find out more.

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