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How to Remove Dried Glue From Fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

The best thing about glue is that it will stick to almost anything, making it useful for arts and crafts and construction. Unfortunately for craftsmen and creative minds alike, the glue also will stick to clothing whether you want it to. Once glue has dried, it can prove to be an extremely stubborn stain, and one of the hardest to remove from clothing. Try a number of these in-home solutions to remove the dried glue from your fabrics.

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  1. Scrape off any excess glue that might be loose on the clothing using the dull edge of a butter knife or spoon. Remove as much of the stain as you can by scraping and peeling.

  2. Boil a pot of water. Submerge the glue-stained fabric in the boiling water. Allow the fabric to sit for at least a minute, then remove and scrape the glue from the garment. Hot water often will soften glue enough that you can scrape or peel it off of fabric.

  3. Soak a clean cloth or washrag in vinegar and dab directly onto the glue stain. Saturate the stain with vinegar and let sit for at least 10 minutes. Scrape or peel loosened glue from the fabric.

  4. Apply household ammonia to the stain in the same way as the vinegar. Wear protective gloves when working with ammonia.

  5. Press a piece of transparent tape, masking tape or duct tape over the glue stain and pull quickly. The glue may stick to the adhesive tape and pull away from the fabric as you pull the tape.

  6. Spread the stained fabric over an ironing board. Lay a clean, dry towel over the dried glue. Set a clothing iron on the highest setting safe for towels and run repeatedly over the glue stain; heating the glue will cause it to loosen its hold on the fabric, and may even liquefy it completely. Wipe or scrape away the loosened glue.

  7. Tip

    Dried glue is a stubborn stain to remove from any fabric. Try a number of solutions, or repeat one that is effective, until the stain is completely gone.


    Always wear protective gloves when working with chemicals such as ammonia.

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Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife or spoon
  • Water
  • Pot
  • Stove
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia
  • Protective gloves
  • Clean cloth
  • Tape
  • Clean towel
  • Clothing iron

About the Author

Samantha Volz

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.

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