How to Remove Hot Melt Glue from Fabric


Mauricio asked: How do I clean hot melt glue from fabric? I let some hot melt glue spill on my jeans. Now, I want to know if there is a way to clean it without messing it up more?

Hot melt glue is strong stuff. Since it is applied in a liquid, melted state, it is able to wrap around the fibers before hardening to a solid bond. There are a few methods that can be implemented to remove the glue from fabrics. It may take several attempts to find the right solution for the particular fabric.

Freezer Method

You Will Need:

  • Freezer
  • Spoon or dull knife

Steps to Remove the Hot Glue:

  1. Hot glue becomes brittle when it gets extremely cold. In this case, it’s an advantage. Place the item in the freezer and allow the glue to get very cold and brittle.
  2. Remove it and work quickly with a spoon or dull knife to break up the glue and scrape it away. Often the glue will pop off of the surface when it is so cold.

Iron Method

You Will Need:

  • Iron
  • Cotton cloth

Steps to Remove the Hot Glue:

  1. Find a scrap piece of cotton fabric and lay it flat on an ironing board.
  2. Lay the glued piece, glue side down, on top of the cotton fabric.
  3. Apply a hot iron (no steam) for 10-20 seconds.
  4. Remove the iron and carefully peel the clothing off of the fabric.
  5. Move the glue spot to a new area on the cotton fabric and repeat.
  6. Continue until all of the glue is transferred off of the clothing and onto the cotton piece.

Acetone Method

You Will Need:

  • Acetone or
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls or soft cloths

Steps to Remove the Hot Glue:

  1. Acetone is a well-known adhesive remover and works well for removing thin layers of hot glue.
  2. It is important to test a small, hidden area first to ensure there is no damage to the colors or fiber of the clothing.
  3. Once the test area comes out fine, moisten a cotton ball with acetone or acetone nail polish remover and apply it to the glue.
  4. Blot with a clean cloth. The acetone will break down the glue so it can be transferred to the clean cloth.
  5. Continue applying the acetone and blotting to remove until the glue is completely gone.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • A brown paper bag, newspaper (NOT with print) or wax paper can be substituted for the cotton cloth if necessary.
  • Goo Gone is an adhesive remover that is readily available at any hardware, home improvement or department store. Simply apply with a soft cloth or cotton ball and rub gently until the glue is gone.


  1. Jenny says:

    I just tried this method of using acetone on some hot glue that my son got on his silky shorts. Low and behold, every bit of it came out!! Amazing!!!

  2. Cindy says:

    Acetone fingernail polish worked great. Thanks…

  3. Sandra says:

    The hot iron method worked a treat! Thanks very much. :)

  4. Janice says:

    How should I remove melted adhesive from a tablet end from my polyester car seat that is Scotchguarded? Freezing method?

  5. Joselyn says:

    I tried acetone and isopropyl alcohol on a very delicate fabric and it didn’t work. Then I tried Goo Gone and it worked fantastic and did not stain or damage the fabric. Thank you for the tip!!

  6. Karen says:

    I have an old precious wool rug. It was glued to a board in order to frame it. The glue is thick.
    Do you have an idea as to how I can remove the glue?

  7. Marissa says:

    Used nail polish remover and it worked great on my pants! Thanks very much!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I tried just regular nail polish remover and a knife on my dyed book bag and it work great.

  9. Elle says:

    Thank you! This saved me!

  10. Glenn says:

    My daughter had a fair bit of the stuff on her polyester school blazer. First I tried the nail varnish remover, then the freezer and last of all the iron. That worked perfectly. A big thank you.

  11. Nicko says:

    Thanks, it’s great :)

  12. Moshe says:

    Combination of acetone and ironing did the work.


  13. Samantha says:

    Goo Gone worked like a charm. I spilled some super glue for fabric on my favorite pair of jeans. :( Tried everything: acetone, ice, an iron, but only Goo Gone worked. Thanks you very much.

  14. Marion says:

    Can u tell me if acetone will work on velour? If not, how can I remove glue on velour?

  15. Melanie says:

    The best way to know for sure if a cleaner is safe for your specific material is to test it on a small, hidden area first. With velour, it’s possible that it could leave the fabric stiff once it has dried, so be sure to allow it to dry completely before trying it on the glue.
    Source: – How to Clean Velour Upholstery

  16. Amelia says:

    Thank you! This helped me a lot.

  17. Alan says:

    I have tried rubbing alcohol, then acetone, with little success. The hot melt is on our sofa… my wife was hot melting on our sofa!!! Should I get a new sofa or a new wife? I will try a hot iron, but will wait for the acetone to evaporate first since it has such a low flash point; I could burn the house down!


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