How to Get Glue Off of Fabric

Sticky glue stains due to spills or little fingers using clothing as a towel can occur on fabric. Left unattended, glue attracts other stain-causing materials as it soaks into fabric fibers. While a hardened glue stain can be removed, it's best to tackle the sticky spot while it's still wet. Proper supplies and techniques help remove the glue off washable fabric without spreading the stain further or damaging the material.

Crafts requiring glue can lead to glue-stained fabric.
Remove glue with a table knife to prevent it from spreading.

Lay the glue-stained fabric on a flat surface. Scrape excess glue from the fabric with the dull side of a table knife. Wipe the glue from the knife onto a paper towel and continue to scrape as much glue as possible off the surface.

Loosen the glue stain in a soapy solution.

Soak the glue-stained fabric for 15 minutes in a solution made with 1 qt. lukewarm water mixed with 1/2 tsp. dish washing detergent and 1 tbsp. ammonia. Lift the fabric from the solution and rub your finger against the backside of the stain before returning the cloth to the bucket for another 15 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the fabric from the detergent and ammonia mixture. Rinse with cool water, wring out the moisture then apply presoak stain remover to the remaining glue spot. Let the stain remover work on the stain for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Step 4

Wash the fabric with laundry detergent and oxygen bleach to remove the rest of the stain. Ensure the entire glue stain has been removed from the fabric before placing it in the dryer to avoid setting the stain. Repeat these steps to treat any remaining glue stain.

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.