Don’t Cry over Spilled GlueAugust 11, 2009 9:10 am Contests
I am the marketing assistant at CreateForLess and I really enjoyed reading (and laughing!) at some of the submissions in our latest drawing. So in honor of our Craft Bloopers Drawing, I thought some of our readers might be in need of some ideas and tips for clean-up and removal for these craft mishaps. I searched the web and interviewed crafters to find ideas and products to easily remove glue.
We’ve all been there – knocked over the glue, dropped the glue, used too much glue… Here’s a list of common household items that will safely, and easily remove glue from a hard surface such as floors, tables, walls and counters. Please test in an unnoticeable area first to make sure there will be no damage to the surface.
- Rubbing Alcohol – Dissolves glue to the point it should wipe off
- Vegetable Oil or Peanut Butter – Put a little bit on a clean rag, and allow it to sit on the stain, wipe away with soap and water
- Vinegar, Mayonnaise, Nail Polish Remover, Margarine, Baby Oil, – Soak rag with any of these and allow the rag to sit on the stain for a while (even overnight)
- Baking Soda & Water Paste – Rub the paste gently into the glue, then wipe off with a warm, wet cloth
- WD-40 – Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then wipe up
Just soak any of these on a cotton pad or apply a dab on area:
- Hair Spray
- Lighter Fluid
- Paint Thinner
- Goo Gone
- Furniture Polish
- Hand Lotion
Removing Glue Stains on Fabric
Glue – To remove a glue stain, soak a rag in a small amount of mild laundry detergent mixed with water. Allow rag to sit on the stain. Soak another rag in a small amount of ammonia and water. Remove the first rag, cover with the second. Repeat as necessary.
Super Glue – Soak cotton pad in acetone nail polish remover, then dab the stain and let it sit. Scrape off any loose glue (a dull knife will work) then repeat as necessary. Do not put fabric in the dryer until stain is removed. Putting it in the dryer will allow the super glue stain to set.
Rubber Cement – Avoid wiping and smearing the glue. Scrape off glue with a dull edge then spray area with stain remover. When washing use hottest water that won’t damage the fabric.
If all else fails, try Glue Remover. Check back next time for tips for avoiding craft blooper messes!