How to Get Gorilla Glue Off Clothes

Gorilla glue is a very strong glue meant to permanently adhere items together. Standard Gorilla glue is a polyurethane adhesive and requires clamping as it does not bind items immediately. Gorilla super glue, on the other hand, is a cyanoacrylate adhesive and bonds almost instantly. Methods for removing these vary, depending on the glue you are using. Note that the chemicals used to remove these glues may discolor or damage the fabric. Keep the damage confined to a smaller area by treating only the areas affected by the glue.

Regular Gorilla Glue

Step 1

Put on nitrile gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals. Soak a cotton ball in paint thinner.

Step 2

Apply the cotton ball to the glue. Gorilla Glue advises making small swipes over the material to remove adhesive (don’t drag the cotton ball over the material or you will spread the adhesive over a larger area).

Step 3

Set the first cotton ball aside and use a fresh one, soaked with paint thinner, to swipe the area until the adhesive has been removed (depending on how much glue there is, you may have to go through several cotton balls).

Step 4

Rinse the item in warm water to remove some of the excess paint thinner. Immediately hand wash the item (so no traces of paint thinner transfer to your washing machine) with soap or detergent and then hang it to dry.

Gorilla Super Glue

Step 1

Add dish soap or laundry detergent (it doesn’t matter which) to warm water. Soak the item in the water for at least 30 minutes to loosen the glue a bit from the fabric.

Step 2

Remove the item from the soapy water and gently pry the glue off the fabric with your fingers. If it is resistant, let it soak for another 30 minutes.

Step 3

Pry the glue from the fabric with your fingers. If the fabric is rayon, polyester, nylon or silk, soapy water is your only choice as acetone, the only chemical that will soften the glue, will damage these fabrics.

Step 4

Remove the item from the water and put on nitrile gloves, if the soapy water did not loosen the glue enough. Dip a cotton swab in a bottle of acetone (straight acetone or fingernail polish remover).

Step 5

Apply the swab to the glue, including around the glue, to loosen the bond between the glue and fabric. Give the acetone a little time to work and apply more if the glue is not softening enough.

Step 6

Gently remove the glue with your fingers or a plastic scraper. Hand wash the fabric in warm soapy water immediately.