How to Get Glue Off a Couch

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Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife

  • White vinegar

  • White cloths

  • Dish soap

Hardened glue is often easier to clean up than wet glue.

If you or someone in your home was working with glue near a couch, you may be left with a sticky stain resulting from a glue-related accident. There's no need to panic, however. Most glue spills can be removed from furniture if you treat them properly. The items you need for the cleaning process are ordinary, inexpensive products that you probably already have right in your own kitchen.


Step 1

Wait for the glue to dry if it is still wet.

Step 2

Scrape off as much glue as possible using a blunt butter knife.

Step 3

Wet a white cloth with white vinegar, and add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the cloth. Squeeze out the excess moisture.

Step 4

Dab the moist, soapy cloth onto the glue stain.

Step 5

Blot the area dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 6

Repeat dabbing the stain and blotting it until all the glue residue is gone.


Dab a suede couch with dry cleaning solvent rather than a soapy cloth. Blot it dry, and brush with a suede brush to restore the nap of the material.



Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.