In a stew over carpet glue?

How to get glue out of carpet like a pro

Read our guide and learn how to get glue out of carpet. If you have dried glue on your carpet, you might think it is ruined. Not so fast. There are ways to get most glues out of your carpet.

How do you get glue out of carpet? The basics

Super glue or any type of glue on your carpet is an unsightly problem. If at all possible, it’s best to get the glue off before it dries. If it has already set before it is noticed, it can still be removed. We will outline the procedures for both situations below.

How to remove glue out of carpet: Follow this procedure

It’s best if you catch the spill right away and start the clean-up while the glue is still wet. Time is of the essence as it becomes more challenging to remove after it dries. Follow these steps below to learn how to get glue out of carpet.

  1. Press a piece of paper towel on the spillage and absorb as much glue as possible. Repeat as necessary and work quickly.
  2. Mix a cup of warm water with two tablespoons of white vinegar and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Use a clean cloth to dip into the solution and scrub the area.
  3. Wipe the area with warm water to get rid of the remaining vinegar solution and dry with a clean cloth.  

How to get dried glue out of carpet

If the glue has already dried or started to dry, try one of the following in place of the vinegar solution:

Ammonia: Add one teaspoon of ammonia to 8 ounces of warm water and stir. Dab a clean white cloth in the mixture and then blot the glue stain. The glue should soften and transfer into the cloth. Repeat as necessary.

Acetone or nail polish remover: If you’re working with recently spilled glue, dampen a cloth with nail polish remover or acetone that you have tested first on a small area of carpet for fading. This should loosen the glue up if it has already started to dry. Repeat as necessary.

Allow the solvent to soften the glue by saturating a sponge or rag and setting it on top of the dried glue for at least 10 minutes, then proceed as above to completely remove the glue from the carpet.

Strong solvents like acetone might bleach the colour out of certain carpets. To avoid creating a permanent faded spot, always test the carpet in an inconspicuous place before using any chemical. (The corner inside a closet, for example.)

Use the right adhesive and you won’t worry about how to get glue off carpet

The best solution of all is not to get glue on your carpet in the first place. One big help is to get glue that comes in a dispenser that is easy to control.

If your project calls for super glue, try LePage Ultra Gel Control Super Glue. Its no-mess/no-drip gel formula is much easier to handle than liquid glues. The bottle has easy-to-use squeeze grips for pinpoint accuracy. This means you never drip on any surface by accident.

For a multipurpose glue, it’s hard to beat LePage Stik ‘N Seal Extreme Repair Adhesive. It provides a permanently flexible, waterproof seal that will not crack, peel, or shrink. It comes in an easy-to-use tube and bonds, seals, and repairs almost all materials.