How to Get Fabric Glue Off of the Carpet

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How to Get Fabric Glue Off of the Carpet
Restore a carpet's soft feel by removing dried on fabric glue (teppich image by Marvin Gerste from Fotolia.com)

You can quickly remove most fabric glues from carpet without leaving a stain or damaging the carpet pile. A crafting mishap or busted bottle of fabric glue can leave a glob of dried fabric adhesive on a carpet. Most fabric glue is a water-based vinyl or urethane adhesive that can be scrubbed out with a couple common household items. Permanent "no-sew" fabric adhesives are often solvent based and require special chemical removers that can be ordered directly from the glue manufacturer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Razor blade
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp liquid dish soap (clear)
  • Small bowl
  • Sponge
  • White towels
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • 2 cups warm water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Read the ingredients list on the fabric glue tube or box to see if filtered water is a primary ingredient. Contact the manufacturer of the adhesive for product specific removal chemicals and instructions if you do not see water in the list.

  2. 2

    Cut away the fabric glue above the carpet pile by running a razor blade over the spot while staying parallel to the carpet.

  3. 3

    Mix the warm water and liquid dish soap in a small bowl and set it down next to the glue stain.

  4. 4

    Soak a sponge in the warm soapy solution and press lightly as you twist quarter turns over the entire area of the stain.

  5. 5

    Lift the soap solution out of the carpet by blotting the damp areas with a clean dry towel.

  6. 6

    Examine the effectiveness of the removal efforts so far by running your hand over the area of the stain to feel for hard pieces of glue. Continue with the removal effort only if you still feel or see glue stuck to the carpet.

  7. 7

    Rinse out the small bowl of soapy water and the sponge and refill the bowl with another 2 cups of warm water and a tablespoon of ammonia.

  8. 8

    Soak the rinsed sponge in the ammonia mixture and press lightly as you twist quarter turns over the area of the glue stain.

  9. 9

    Soak up the ammonia solution by blotting the damp areas with a clean dry white towel.

  10. 10

    Rinse the sponge with cold water and return to rinse the carpet area that was cleaned.

  11. 11

    Dry the cleaned and rinsed carpet by blotting the damp areas with a clean dry white towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Work with fabric glue over solid surfaces, such as concrete or tile, or lay down a protective mat to avoid the hassle of scrubbing carpet.
  • Mixing ammonia with bleach releases a dangerous and possibly deadly chlorine gas.

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