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How to Remove Hot Glue from Any Surface


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Removing Hot GlueLearning how to remove hot glue is a must-know for any crafter or DIYer. We have all been there, happily crafting along and concentrating with our glue gun, creating up a storm when all of a sudden hot glue or hot melt ends up somewhere it most definitely should not be. Whether you accidently stuck hot glue to fabric, spilled it on your table, or even worse found it burning your skin, this helpful how-to is going to show you exactly How to Remove Hot Glue from Any Surface. There is not a catch all way to remove hot glue from fabric and other surfaces because every surface is different. That is why we have divided the following instructions and tips on how to remove glue into several sections. Keep these crafting hacks pinned to your Pinterest board or bookmarked on your favorite web browser if you are prone to forget. This way you can return to these removing glue tips whenever you might need them.


How to Remove Hot Glue

How to Remove Hot Glue from Any Surface

How to Remove Hot Glue from Fabric

How to Remove Hot Glue from Fabric

Removing how glue from fabric take a lot of patience, but is actually very simple. In order to remove hot glue from fabric, you only need to follow three simple steps. The three steps below show you exactly how to remove hot glue from fabric with minimal damage to your project.

  1. Do not touch the hot glue drop on your fabric. If you smear it or attempt to rub it off while still hot it can seep into the tiny gaps between threads in your fabric. Thinner cottons are especially prone to this.
  2. Place your project with the spilled glue in the freezer. (Seriously.) This allows the glue to dry extra fast and ensures that it hardens. This should take 20 minutes to an hour depending on the thickness and temperature of the spill.
  3. Peel the melted glue from your project very carefull. You will want to be especially careful with thinner fabrics.

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How to Remove Hot Glue from Metal, Wood, Other Surfaces

How to Remove Hot Glue from Other Surfaces

This is one of the hottest and easiest tips to remove hot glue from surfaces. Whether you have spilled hot glue on your table or placed it somewhere on your project it does not belong, this tip will do the trick. All you need to remove hot glue from most surfaces is rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs.

  1. Allow the glue to dry. This makes it much easier for you to pull the glue off in one, clean chunk rather than clawing at a messy dollop.
  2. Once the glue is dry, dip your cotton swabs in the rubbing alcohol and then dab around the edges of the hot glue.
  3. Allow the rubbing alcohol some time to react to the glue and then simply peel the piece of glue off the surface.

Note: Some surfaces may not react well to the alcohol, so always dab a spot with the alcohol before trying it out on a large piece. Tables with expensive varnishes or polishes, for example, may wear off.

How to Remove Hot Glue from Skin

Getting hot glue on your skin can be crazy painful and seem like an impossible task. The glue burns your skin, and there’s no way you can pull it off with your fingers without burning those too! Unlike others ways to remove glue, removing it for your skin means you have to act fast. You will need to treat the hot glue like any other burn.

  1. Make sure you cool down the hot glue ASAP but running the spot under cold water in order to cool it down, stop the burn, and harden the glue. If the burning is not that hot/harmful, you can easily roll an ice cube overtop of the surface instead.
  2. Peel the glue off of your skin carefully. If the pain is too intense, listen to your body. Most hot glues should not heat enough to give you more than a first degree burn, but if the burn spot is extremely painful, seek medical help.
  3. Run the affected spot under cold water again, apply Neosporin or another antibiotic pain cream, and place a band-aid on the affected area.

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How to Remove Hot Glue from Carpet

Remove Hot Glue from Carpet

Removing hot glue from carpet is one of the most frustrating issues you might come across when crafting. Not only is it probably your fault (we’ve been there), but it can be difficult to find a way to get it up off of the floor without expanding the affected area. Removing hot glue from carpet can be done two ways depending on when you catch the spill.

Removing Hot Glue from Carpet Immediately After the Spill

If you have noticed that you dropped a dollop of melted glue on the floor right after the opps, you can remove it immediately by locating a sharp blade and scraping the glue off of the carpet and onto the blade in an upward motion, taking time to wipe the glue from the blade so it does not spread.

Removing Hot Glue from Carpet Afterwards

Since using the rubbing alcohol tip will not work on your fluffy, textured floor, you will need a new way to remove glue from your carpet. In order to do so, follow the following instructions:

  1. Grab a household iron and a thin layer of fabric (something the glue will stick to much better than the carpet).
  2. Place the fabric down on the affected spot and place the hot iron on top of the fabric in order to melt it onto the fabric. Be sure to PRESS the spot rather than iron (a back and forth motion) to avoid spreading the glue across a larger surface area.


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I definitely needed this a year ago. So many shirts have been forgotten because of the glue I managed to get on them. Whoops. Nice, informative article. Thanks!

It seems like aprons are the forgotten preventive item in every younger (than 73) person's wardrobe. Or wear a smock like artists do.

I totally agree. I should invest in a crafting apron before I ruin anything else.

I am a messy crafter, so I thoroughly appreciate this collection. Please also advise on how to get hot glue off of skin. Many thanks.

Hi kkittelson! The third section in this list actually tells you how to do exactly that. Hope that helps and hope you didn't burn yourself! :( - kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts


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