How to Remove PVC Glue From Clothes

PVC glue or "cement" is a strong adhesive that works well at its intended purpose -- adhering PVC pipes together. Usually, the PVC glue is applied in combination with a deep-purple PVC primer. It becomes a real problem when the intensely colored glue winds up on an item of clothing. This cement is meant to be permanent, so it is difficult to remove. With some effort and a few crafty techniques, though, you can remove most, if not all, of the glue stain.

Plumbing pipe
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PVC is used to connect the joints of PVC pipes together.
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You can use a metal spatula to scrape PVC glue too.

Place the stained item of clothing in the freezer. This will freeze and harden the glue. After about an hour, remove the item from the freezer. Scrape away the stiff pieces of glue with the metal scraper.

Step 2

Heat treat the remaining glue to melt it away from the fabric. Warm the iron up to an appropriate setting for the particular type of fabric. Cover the glue stain with folded paper towels or absorbent cotton. Press on the paper towels with the hot iron. This melts the glue, transferring it to the towels. Repeat with fresh paper towels until remaining glue is gone.

Step 3

Spray the glue stain with WD-40. Set the clothing aside and allow the WD-40 to sit for one hour. Rub the glue stain with a soft cloth and rinse in clean water.

Step 4

Apply pre-wash stain remover to the glue stain. Let the remover work for a few minutes. Put the item through the regular washing machine cycle.

Faith Chandler

Faith Chandler learned to sew at her mother's knee from an early age. After she started writing professionally in 2005, Chandler used her skill to write about the arts, crafting and sewing. She also worked for for a few years, learning the ins and outs of investing in property. Chandler has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a minor in fine art from Bowling Green State University.