How to Remove Aleene’s “OK to Wash It” Fabric Bonding Glue from Carpet


Jennifer asked: How do I remove Aleene’s OK to Wash-It permanent fabric bonding glue from my carpet? My 3-year-old daughter spilled the glue on our carpet in an upstairs bedroom. The carpet is short piled, but not a tight, utility carpet. The nap is not long enough for me to cut it out. The stain is two months old.

Glues that are designed to be permanent are difficult to remove for obvious reasons. To find a removal method, we went straight to the makers of this product at I Love to Create. They informed us that there are currently no products designed to remove the glue. However, there are some readily available stain removers that customers have found effective in removing the adhesive.

You Will Need:

  • Choose one:
    • Goo Gone
    • Spot Shot
    • Tough Stuff
  • Soft cloths
  • Cotton balls
  • Spoon or dull knife
  • Water
  • Carpet cleaner

Steps to Remove the Adhesive:

  1. Begin by choosing one of the three adhesive/stain removers above.
  2. Moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball with the product.
  3. Dab the cloth/cotton ball onto the glue to moisten it. Do not allow the carpet to become saturated with the product.
  4. Allow the product to sit on the glue and soften it.
  5. Once soft, scrape away as much of the glue as possible with a spoon or dull knife.
  6. Repeat the above steps until all of the glue has been loosened and removed from the carpeting.
  7. After the glue is removed, rinse the area with water.
  8. Apply a quality carpet cleaner to the area.
  9. Work the cleaner into the carpet fibers with your fingers or a soft cloth.
  10. Blot with a clean cloth dampened with clean water to rinse. Be sure to remove all of the cleaning products completely. Any residue left behind will create a sticky surface which will collect dirt.
  11. Allow the area to dry completely.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not allow the removers to soak into the carpet backing. If it can dissolve the permanent glue, it is likely that it will also dissolve or weaken the glue that is holding the carpet fibers together.
  • Some stain removers may affect the coloring of the carpet, especially dark colored carpets. Always test a small, hidden area first to ensure there are no adverse effects.
  • If you have a carpet steam cleaner available, it will work nicely to clean the carpet after the glue is removed. The suction will provide thorough removal of the rinsing water and soap residue.
  • If you are unable to remove the glue, you may have to cut the fibers out. For instructions on replacing a section of the carpeting, see our guide How to Remove Cigarette Burns from Carpet.
  • For instructions on replacing a section of the carpet, see our guide How to Fix Bleached Carpet


  1. Kathryn says:

    How do I get this glue off of my fingers? I had never tried to glue jewelry and got this glue on my fingers. It is white and nothing (scrubbing, Goop, cold cream, fingernail polish remover) will budge it. The thumbs and fingers on my hands look horrible! I need help!!! By tomorrow, if possible.

  2. Melanie says:

    This is the article that you need: How to Remove Super Glue from Skin. Be sure that the nail polish remover you used has acetone in it. If you did use nail polish remover that contains acetone, it’s likely that the glue you are using does not contain acetone. In that case, try rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer. You can also try soaking in diluted white vinegar or using Windex. Another option is to try oily products, such as Vaseline, vegetable oil, peanut butter or WD-40. If nothing is working, there is a product (Mister Glue’s Un-cure) that can be used to remove glue on skin.
    Source: The Original Super Glue Corporation – Removing Super Glue
    Source: Mister Glue – How to Remove Glue
    Source: Mister Glue – Removing Super Glue

  3. Pam says:

    My daughter got jewelry glue on her yoga pants. How do I get this off of her pants?

  4. Charlotte says:

    Aleene’s permanent bond glue did not work on my chair cushion and has now left a dark stain which looks worse than the split seam. Is there anything that will dissolve this without ruining the fabric?

  5. Wayne says:

    I had a problem with the dried adhesive. On leather no less! Your website got me started on a solution. I finally found one that works—lighter fluid! Lighter fluid is nothing but naptha, which is also dry cleaning fluid. It removed the glue, didn’t harm the leather, the color or surface. I then tried it on different fabrics; same results. Lighter fluid is a solvent for dried Fabric Fusion.

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