How to Remove Glue Left on Fabric From an Iron-on Patch

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An iron-on patch allows you to decorate an article of clothing with an embellishment that reflects your individuality. When you no longer want the iron-on patch, you typically can remove it by pulling it off the fabric. Unfortunately, after you remove the patch, there may be some adhesive left on the fabric that will not wash off with normal laundering. This glue residue can leave an unsightly sticky spot that becomes a magnet for dirt.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Commercial solvent
  • Paper towels
  • Cloths
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Towel
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Apply a commercial solvent directly to the adhesive, and let it sit for 30 seconds. Blot the adhesive with several paper towels until no more adhesive is left. Launder the fabric as you normally would.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric out flat on a level surface with the glue facing upward. Dip a clean cloth in nail polish remover that contains acetone, and blot the glue with the cloth. Continue blotting until you have removed the adhesive residue. Launder the item as you normally would.

  3. 3

    Place a towel directly under the glue spot, and lay the fabric on a flat surface. Dampen the fabric with rubbing alcohol, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Blot the area with a clean cloth dampened with cool water. Wash the fabric as normal.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the removal method on an inconspicuous area of the fabric. If damage or discolouration occurs, discontinue use.
  • Treat the area with a prewash stain treatment before laundering the fabric.

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