How to Remove Dried Glue

Updated November 21, 2016

Once glue dries onto a surface, it can be hard to remove. Care has to be used to not damage the surface the glue is adhered to. Dissolve the glue as much as possible and then carefully scrape it off. If removing glue from fabric or carpet, test this removal method on a small area before trying it on the glue. This will keep the fabric or carpet from being bleached or stained.

Pour the nail polish remover onto a cotton ball.

Rub the cotton ball onto the dried glue. Try to get the glue as wet as possible with the acetone without drenching the surface.

Slide a straight edge razor under the dried glue. Do not scratch or damage the surface.

Wipe off any leftover glue residue with soap, water and a soft cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail polish remover with acetone
  • Cotton ball
  • Straight edge razor
  • Soft cloth
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Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University