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
- Carpet cleaner
Steps to Remove the Adhesive:
- Begin by choosing one of the three adhesive/stain removers above.
- Moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball with the product.
- Dab the cloth/cotton ball onto the glue to moisten it. Do not allow the carpet to become saturated with the product.
- Allow the product to sit on the glue and soften it.
- Once soft, scrape away as much of the glue as possible with a spoon or dull knife.
- Repeat the above steps until all of the glue has been loosened and removed from the carpeting.
- After the glue is removed, rinse the area with water.
- Apply a quality carpet cleaner to the area.
- Work the cleaner into the carpet fibers with your fingers or a soft cloth.
- 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.
- 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