How to Remove Glue Stains on Vinyl

Glue, whether school glue or something stronger such as Super Glue, causes a dirt-attracting stain to your vinyl surface. No matter how the glue ended up there, removing it from the vinyl is important to preventing a more severe stain. Vinyl is an easy-to-maintain surface that cleans up nicely but can become dull in appearance if not cleaned properly. Use the right supplies and techniques to clean the glue stain off your vinyl while still maintaining the appearance of your vinyl.

Mix 1 cup warm water with 1 tsp dishwashing detergent and 2 tbsp white vinegar. Soak a clean cloth in the solution, wring out the excess moisture, then lay the cloth on top of the glue-stained vinyl. Allow the cloth to sit on the glue stain for 10 to 15 minutes so the glue softens.

Remove the cloth from your vinyl surface. If the glue is really soft, wipe it off with the damp cloth. Scrape up any remaining glue with the edge of a credit card.

Pour nail polish remover onto a clean cloth and use that to lift up any stubborn glue stains or stains caused by Super Glue. Gently rub the glue with the nail polish remover until it's gone. Rinse off the vinyl with a damp cloth.

Dry off your vinyl surface with a clean cloth. Dampen another cloth with club soda and polish your vinyl surface with the liquid. Buff the vinyl dry to make it shine.


Dampen a sponge to clean up fresh glue stains. Rub petroleum jelly into a hard glue stain to soften the glue and break down the stickiness.


Don't touch a Super Glue stain on your flooring with bare hands. Wear rubber gloves and clean the stain off with nail polish remover.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 1 tsp dishwashing detergent
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Credit card
  • Nail polish remover
  • Club soda
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.