Hot glue is useful for many projects and is often the glue of choice for many crafts. Hot glue is easy to apply, cools quickly and can hold many types of objects together. Unfortunately, if the glue gets onto a surface such as a table, clothing or carpet, the fast-drying properties of the hot glue are not admired. Luckily, there are several ways to remove hot glue from all kinds of objects.

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Hot glue is sometimes difficult to manage.

Manual Removal

Step 1

Allow the glue to dry before peeling it off. If you spill a small amount, add some extra glue to the top of the smear to create a bump on the surface of the object. This makes it easier to peel the glue off when it dries.

Step 2

Use a butter knife or your fingers to gently pry the glue from the surface. It is much easier to remove hot glue from glass, wood, plastic and other hard materials than it is to remove from cloth.

Step 3

Continue on to other removal methods if this method does not work (as it may not for fabric).

Hair Dryer Method

Step 4

Plug the hair dryer into a nearby outlet. Do not use this method for sensitive objects such as delicate woods or leather.

Step 5

Turn the hair dryer on a low heat. Hold the dryer several inches above the glue spot for 10 to 20 seconds.

Step 6

Peel the glue spot away from the object gently. This method may not work on carpet, as it will pull the fibers out of the carpet along with the glue.

Freezer Method

Step 7

Place the glued object in the freezer for one to two hours.

Step 8

Remove the object and peel the glue spot off the object with a butter knife.

Step 9

Follow instructions below for glue that remains in the fibers of the object or for objects that are too large to fit in the freezer.

Acetone Method

Step 10

Pour a small amount of acetone on a soft cloth.

Step 11

Test an invisible area of the object to ensure no staining will occur.

Step 12

Blot the object until the glue is removed. Do not rub the glue. This will grind it into the fibers of the object. You may need several applications of acetone before the glue is lifted.

Glue Remover Method

Step 13

Place some glue remover over the glue.

Step 14

Rub the glue remover into the glue until it is completely removed.

Step 15

Rinse the area with cool water and a clean cloth.