How to remove glitter glue

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How to remove glitter glue
Glitter glue is a fun craft medium, but it can be very messy. (glitter glue pens image by Alison Bowden from

When crafting with glitter glue, it is common to accidentally spill or drip some of it onto furniture, clothing or hard surfaces that it does not belong on. The glitter glue and the coloured dyes can leave stains that may be difficult to remove if you are unsure of how to do so. In order to remove the stain and glitter flecks, you should learn how to properly pretreat and launder or scrub the stain.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Laundry stain removal solution
  • Scrub brush
  • Liquid washing powder
  • Washing machine
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Scouring pad

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    Fabric Clothing and Furniture

  1. 1

    Pre-treat the area with a laundry stain remover and allow it to sit according to the package instructions.

  2. 2

    Rub the stain gently to determine whether the stain is coming out. If it is, rinse it thoroughly with cool water. If it is not coming out, scrub it with a scrub brush dipped in washing powder.

  3. 3

    Wash the item in the washing machine (with chlorine bleach if the fabric is bleach safe) if it is laundry safe. If the item is not machine washable, or is permanently attached to furniture (upholstery), scrub until the stain is gone with your scrub brush and rinse with cold water until all of the soap is rinsed out.

    Hard Surfaces

  1. 1

    Rub the spot gently with warm water and dish detergent to remove any of the glue compound.

  2. 2

    Rub over the spot very gently with a scouring pad to remove glitter flecks and stubborn spots of hardened glue.

  3. 3

    Rinse the area of detergent and debris with warm water. If any spots of glue are left, repeat the entire process until the glue is removed.

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