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How to Get Glue Out of Carpets: The Easiest Methods for a Sticky Problem!

is caused by an actual adhesive, it’s a whole new ballgame. Glue, in any form, clings to fibres in such a way that if you attempt to pull it away, you may end up with a bald patch on your carpet! 

For this reason, it is crucial to know the safest ways to remove glue from carpets so that you don’t cause irreparable damage to the fibres. These methods vary depending on the type of adhesive you are dealing with, however, if done correctly and, sooner rather than later, you can successfully get glue out of your carpet with no trouble. 

Today, Maid For You is sharing the best tips to remove different types of glue from carpet, starting with the most basic cleaning method to more aggressive yet safe treatments for dried glue stuck on a carpet. Before we get started, though, take a moment to learn about different commercial adhesives for a better understanding of which removal methods work best and why.

Three Common Types of Adhesives

The easiest type of adhesive to remove from any surface or material including carpet is water-based glue such as white craft glue. Instant adhesives like superglue which is made from cyanoacrylate esters, are much tougher to remove, as is PVA glue (generally used for sticking wood). 

Of course, regardless of what the adhesive is made of, one thing remains the same; you must act quickly when attempting to remove glue from carpet to better your chances of getting the adhesive out safely and in its entirety. With that said, dried glue on carpet is not impossible to remove so long as you know what to use, and how to use it! 

Read on to learn three simple methods to get glue out of carpets.

How to Remove Craft Glue From Carpet

As sticky as the situation may seem, a blob of craft glue on your carpet needn’t be too much of a concern if you work to remove it while still wet. For this, take a look at these simple steps to get craft glue out of carpet:

  • Use a dry microfibre cloth to pick up as much glue from the carpet as possible without spreading it around. You can also use a spoon or butterknife for this, however, it is important to be gentle when scraping off excess glue so that you don’t damage the carpet fibres. 
  • Dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with warm water and squeeze out some of the excess water. 
  • Blot the sticky area repeatedly to soften and dissolve the water-based adhesive.
  • Dampen a clean side of the cloth with warm water (or a fresh cloth altogether) and place it over the stain. Allow it to soak the glue for 20-30 minutes.
  • At this point, the adhesive will be broken down and therefore, can be wiped off quite easily with a damp cloth.
  • Finish off by blotting the area with a clean dry cloth to soak up as much moisture as possible. 

How to Remove Superglue From Carpet

NOTE: This method can also be used to remove PVA glue from carpeting.

As the name suggests, superglue is super sticky! It is also a quick-drying adhesive which makes it all the more tricky to get out of carpeting. If you accidentally spill some of it on your carpet, be as prompt as you can in using this step-by-step method to remove it.

  • If the glue is still wet, use a dry lint-free cloth to dab it and lift as much of the adhesive as possible. 
  • If needed, use a butter knife dipped in acetone to gently scrape off some of the superglue.
  • Next, soak a cotton swab in acetone and try to break down the adhesive by blotting the glue. You can also use a clean white wash cloth for this. Blot the area repeatedly until the glue is removed completely.
  • If there is a stain or bits of superglue still stuck to the carpet, clean it up with a solution of warm water (1 cup) and ammonia (1 tsp). Simply dampen a small area of a clean cloth with the solution, and dab the stain to remove it along with the glue remnants.
  • Dampen a towel with clean water and gently wipe the affected area of the carpet to remove traces of the solvent/cleaning solution used.
  • Blot with a dry cloth thereafter and allow the carpet to air dry completely.

WARNING: Both acetone and ammonia can cause coloured carpet fibres to bleed and/or fade; therefore, it is advisable to test this method out on an inconspicuous area of the carpet before using it to get superglue out of your carpet.

How to Remove Hot Glue From Carpet

Since hot glue is such a handy adhesive to use for various purposes in a household, it is one of the most common types of glues to end up on a carpet! Fortunately, it is not difficult to get hot glue out of your carpet when using this safe and easy method below:

  • Cover the glue with a cotton cloth (preferably one that you don’t fancy or intend on discarding).
  • Turn on a steam iron and allow it to get hot. Once the temperature is hot enough to iron a cotton shirt, gently press down on the cloth covering the hot glue. Avoid moving the iron as this may spread the glue over the carpet.
  • Lift the iron every 5 seconds for about a minute (to avoid burning the fabric). This should melt the adhesive and transfer it to the cloth.
  • Use an oven mitt to pick up the cloth. The glue will then be relatively easy to peel off the material once it has dried or cooled down. 

As we mentioned earlier, immediate attention is crucial when it comes to getting out glue from carpet. Along with that, it is important to know exactly how to remove glue from your carpet while being patient throughout the process. If needed, repeat the steps or use one or more methods to successfully get the job done! If you're still unable to get the job done satisfactorily, it's a good idea to employ carpet steam cleaning services

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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