How to Get Foaming Insulation Off Clothes

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Things You'll Need

  • Dry cloths

  • Acetone nail polish remover


Never apply water or soap to the foaming insulation, because this may cause it to dry faster.

Foaming insulation is a fast and efficient way to fill up gaps that allow cold air, insects and rodents to enter your home. The foam expands quickly and attaches to any surface it contacts. Unfortunately, it clings just as tightly to clothing. The key to removing the insulation from clothing is fast treatment. Once the substance dries, it is virtually impossible to remove.

Step 1

Spread the clothing out so the foaming insulation is easy to access.

Step 2

Wipe over the insulation with a clean, dry cloth. Replace the cloth with a fresh one as needed to avoid wiping the insulation back onto the clothes.

Step 3

Saturate a clean cloth with acetone nail polish remover, if any of the insulation is still moist but difficult to remove.

Step 4

Dab the affected area with the acetone-soaked cloth, adding more as necessary to keep the cloth from drying out.

Step 5

Launder the clothing as usual.


Annita Lawson

Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various Web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.