Flooring Tips & Tricks

How to Remove (White) Glue from Your Carpeting

carpet-one-floor-home-roseville-chico-ca-flooring-tips-tricks-remove-glueGlue stains are a common sight after craft activities or any project you do in your home or office! This commonly used white glue is typically very safe and non-toxic. However, it is quite runny, and does have a tendency to get everywhere! If glue has left you with an undesirable carpet stain, this article explaining how to remove glue from carpeting is for you. It’s very simple!

Removing glue stains is actually very simple – but it’s important to make sure you’ve gotten rid of the entire stain before allowing your carpet to dry.

These tips from Roseville Carpet One on removing glue from carpeting will make it easy to get rid of them.

Method One for Cleaning

  1. SCRAPE or blot up excess spill 
    • Use either a stiff-bristled brush or a blunt object like the end of a spoon to scrape off anything you can. You won’t get all the glue off, but you should be able to remove most of the top layers, leaving just the glue that’s attached itself to the carpet fibers. 
    • Try to soak the soiled spot on the carpeting in cold water. As this type of glue is water-based, it responds very well to the flushing technique – just use water to flush out the sticky substance. Cover it in cold water (warm water can set the glue, making it more challenging to remove), and leave it completely submerged overnight. This should soften the glue enough to make it simple to remove the following day.
  2. APPLY detergent solution onto a damp towel 
    • Next, apply a small amount of liquid detergent. It’s best to use a product that has been specially designed to use on your type of carpeting. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when picking a detergent. No matter what product you use, check the label to ensure that it is compatible with your carpet type and that you are using it properly. Work the detergent into the remaining glue, gently massaging it to make sure it penetrates deep into the fibers.
  3. BLOT don't rub 
  4. APPLY white vinegar (undiluted) using a damp towel
    • To remove any additional glue residue, gently scrub the glue away with a clean white cloth dipped in white vinegar. Repeat as needed.
  5. BLOT (AGAIN) don't rub
  6. APPLY water with a damp sponge
    • Rinse the area thoroughly with water.
  7. BLOT to finsih with a weighted pad of paper towels

Method Two for Cleaning

If the method above does not remove the glue from your carpeting, another method for removing these stubborn stains is as follows:

  1. SCRAPE or blot up excess spill
  2. APPLY dry baking soda     
  3. SCRAPE & VACUUM      
  4. APPLY water with a damp sponge to rinse remaining baking soda (don't over-wet)
  5. BLOT (AGAIN) don't rub
  6. APPLY detergent solution onto a damp towel
  7. APPLY water to rinse as above
  8. BLOT (AGAIN) don't rub to dry well
  9. APPLY dry powder cleaner
  10. VACUUM

Should the glue remain after repeated removal attempts, contact a carpet cleaning professional. Carpet cleaning professionals have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive stain removal solutions to remove stubborn spills. Roseville Carpet One always suggests that you consider consulting a professional regarding any spot removal question. Click here to view more Flooring Tips & Tricks >

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