How to Clean Up Mod Podge Glue From Tables

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Things You'll Need

  • Towels

  • Liquid dish soap

  • Plastic spoon

Soap and a towel are all you need to clean up Mod Podge.

Mod Podge is a medium used for decoupaging, which involves adhering paper or fabric to a surface to easily transform a piece of furniture, pair of shoes or even a picture frame. Mod Podge is easy to use and even easier to clean up. Don't let drips or spills from this nontoxic, glue-like liquid give you stress if it lands on your table while you're crafting.

Wet Mod Podge

Step 1

Wipe Mod Podge spills up right when they occur with a damp towel.

Step 2

Add some liquid dish soap to the towel, and wipe the soapy towel on the stained area to completely clean the Mod Podge from the table.

Step 3

Wipe the area again with a dry towel to remove any excess moisture from the table.

Dried Mod Podge

Step 1

Wet a towel, and place it on top of the dried Mod Podge. Allow it to sit for an hour to soften the glue.

Step 2

Scrape the Mod Podge with your fingernail to remove the still-hard areas, or use the curved part of a plastic spoon to gently remove the Mod Podge that is still on the table. Use caution when doing this on a metal table so you don't scratch the surface.

Step 3

Wipe the area with a damp towel to remove all the Mod Podge remnants. Wipe again with a dry towel to prevent water from damaging or warping the surface of the table.


It may be harder to remove Mod Podge that has hardened on a table.

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Christi Aldridge

Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.