How to remove glue stains from your washable and non-washable fabrics:
For a lot of us glue stains have equated to the loss of much loved garments. But that doesn’t have to be the case anymore, by equipping yourself with the right information you can make easy business of these troublesome stains in no time, here’s how.
Glue stains can be really tricky to deal with, considering that there are many types of adhesive agents and compounds that create them. Glue stains are usually persistent and difficult to remove, below we’ve put together a guide on how to remove glue stains from washable and non-washable fabrics.
Glue Stain Removal Tips
First Things First
It becomes a really formidable challenge to treat a glue stain if you haven’t first identified the material or surface that got affected. Only after understanding the stained material, can you identify the best glue stain removal method suitable for that material or surface area. Non-washable fabrics include Acetate, Silk, Wool and Fibreglass while washable fabrics include Acrylic Fibre, Cotton, Linen and Polyester to name a few. Household surfaces can range from Aluminum, Ceramic, Acrylic Plastic, Paint/Gloss, Porcelain dishes and Vinyl. There are other materials in the house we could mention like grout, leather, suede and wood, but to keep this post short, we’ll focus on the aforementioned. Each surface and material has its own unique glue stain removal method which works best for that type.
1. Glue Stains on Non-Washable Fabrics
So you’ve identified the type of material affected as a non-washable fabric, what next? You will need to immediately sponge the area with water then apply a wet spotter with a few drops of white vinegar. While covered with an absorbent pad, paper towels can do the trick too, let it stand for some time to pick up the stain. You may keep changing the pad as the stain is being removed. This process will work best when the stain is kept moist with the wet spotter and vinegar. You may repeat this process until the stain is totally removed. For those lingering stains, you may pre-treat with an enzyme presoak then follow the above mentioned method, until the stain is totally removed. Make sure to be careful not to let the wet area spread when keeping the stain wet and moist, tricky, yes, but doable.
2. Glue Stains on Washable Fabrics
Washable fabrics like Acrylic, cotton and linen need a solution of 1 quarter cup of warm water, and half a teaspoon of liquid dishwasher or laundry detergent. White vinegar may be added to this solution if you’re treating most other washable materials except for cotton or linen fabrics. You then need to soak your fabric in this solution for 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with water. Cotton and linen fabrics need to be sponged only with rubbing alcohol. It is imperative that you launder your fabric after rinsing it well, to achieve the best results.
3. Glue Stains on Household and Stone Surfaces
Removing stains from household and stone surfaces is a little bit easier than washable and non-washable fabrics methods. For these surfaces, you need to remove as much glue as a dull knife can remove, ensure that you scrape the surface carefully since you may damage to finish on the stone surface. Wipe the surface with a cloth dipped in warm water, then rinse well and wipe dry. Stone surfaces may need you to wash with a solution of washing soda and water and then scrub a little before rinsing thoroughly and letting the surface get air-dried.
4. Glue Stains on Leather , Suede and Wood
To remove glue stain from these surfaces you will need to gently scrape the glue off before mixing a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water. Shake the water and soap solution until foam builds up, you need only apply the foam created with a sponge and wipe with a clean dry cloth. This method may be repeated if the stains persist. Wood surfaces will also need the same solution just in hot water then polished or waxed as soon as possible.
These tips should help you get yourself out of many if not all stain situations where glue is involved. Now you can still keep that fabric looking as good and that surface as clean as if the “accident” never happened. Share these stain removal tips with friends and family and if you have any more glue stain removal methods you’d like to share with us, please do.