How to Remove Elmer’s Glue from Walls


Rita asked: How do I remove glue from wallpaper border? I put a border up that doesn’t require any paste or glue on a bedroom wall. There were many Buzz Lightyear stickers in the packet also. They have all come off very easily. The border wasn’t sticking at the bottom, so I added glue to the bottom. Now the portion that was glued isn’t coming off, and I can’t get the shiny glue off. I don’t know what kind of glue I used. It was probably Elmer’s.

Elmer’s Glue is water soluble, so removing it from walls just requires a bit of patience and a few simple ingredients. Here’s what you need to do.

You Will Need:

  • Hot water
  • Washcloth
  • Bowl or bucket
  • Cloth scrubbing sponge

Steps to Remove the Glue:

  1. Fill a bowl or bucket with hot water.
  2. Soak the washcloth in hot water. Immediately wring it out and place it over the glue.
  3. Hold the washcloth against the glue and allow the heat to work.
  4. After a few moments, before the cloth cools off, remove it and immediately begin wiping the glue away from the wall with the scouring pad.
  5. Repeat as needed. Replace cooling water with hot water and rinse the scrubbing pad as needed.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If the walls are unfinished or unpainted, applying water (the wet washcloth) will probably damage them. If this is the case, use an iron to apply heat to the wall through a dry towel, then pick the softened glue away with a blunt-tipped object such as a spoon or butter knife.
  • When all else fails, use sandpaper to remove the glue. Add ready-to-use plaster (available at hardware or building supply stores) to restore the wall surface, then repaint.

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