How to take glue off carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

There is a wide variety of glues that could get caught in your carpet. The most common types of glue are white or clear in colour. Most of the glues you will find on your carpet will be the water-based variety. If the glue on your carpet is not water-based, contact the glue manufacturer for removal instructions. These types of glues will often require strong chemicals or a professional to remove the stain. Follow some steps for removing water-based glue from your carpet.

Scrape the glue off the carpet with a spoon. The more you can get the better.

Mix 1 tbsp of liquid dish washing detergent with 2 cups of cool water in a small container.

Blot the stain using a clean, white cloth until the moisture is absorbed. A white cloth is used to prevent dyes from running into the carpet.

Repeat three to four times until the stain disappears. If the stain does not go away, continue with the next step.

Mix 1 tbsp of 3 per cent ammonia with 2 cups of water.

Dampen a white cloth in the ammonia solution and blot at the stain. Take a dry cloth and blot up the moisture. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Remove excess moisture by blotting at the moistened area with a dry, white cloth.

Apply enough petroleum jelly to cover the stained area.

Apply enough waterless hand cleaner to cover the stained area.

Soak a 1/8-inch stack of paper towels with warm water.

Place the paper towels onto the stained area and let sit for 30 minutes.

Remove paper towels and treat the stain the same way you would for wet glue.


You may have to trim the fibres if the glue is stuck on too much. If you are not comfortable with this and the stain is in a high-profile area, you may want to get a professional to do it for you.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • 1 tbsp liquid dish washing detergent, without bleach
  • Small container
  • Clean, white cloth
  • 3 per cent ammonia
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Paper towels
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Launie Sorrels is a veteran who has worked as a chef and has more than two decades of martial arts training. His writing has developed from his experience as a quality assurance manager for Microsoft and IBM. Sorrels has a degree in computer science and is currently working on his journalism degree.