How to Get Adhesive Glue Off

Because glue is meant to bond two objects together, it can be tricky to remove if you've accidentally applied it.

Remove Glue From Fabric

Keep an eye on children when they are using glue.Keep an eye on children when they are using glue.
Prevent this by laying dropcloths or newspaper over your craft or work area before you use glue. Wear a craft apron to protect your clothes, and keep glue away from children and pets that might smear the adhesive on upholstery, clothes or other surfaces in your home. Use removal methods that will not damage the items in your home.

Scrape the glue off with a knife. Be careful not to tear the fabric.

Rub petroleum jelly over the glue stain to loosen it from the cloth surface. Do not use petroleum jelly on fabric that you cannot launder easily.

Mix 1 tbsp. liquid hand-washing detergent with 2 cups cool water.

Dab the solution into the glue residue with a clean cloth. Dab until the stain is gone.

Rinse the area with clear water and dry it completely with a clean cloth.

Remove Glue From Hard Surfaces

Scrape the glue off with a knife. Be careful not to scratch the hard surface. Use a plastic credit card if you are cleaning glue from wood or another easily scratched surface.

Blot baby oil into the glue if it is still visible. Work until you loosen it from the surface and can pry it off with the knife.

Blot water displacement spray onto the glue if it is still on the hard surface. Let it sit until you can pry the glue off.

Rub acetone over the glue to dissolve it. Be careful as acetone will remove varnish and paint.

Rinse the area with clear water and dry it completely.

Things You Will Need

  • Knife
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Liquid hand-washing detergent
  • Cloths
  • Credit card
  • Baby oil
  • Water displacement spray
  • Acetone

About the Author

Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.