Remove Glue From Carpet Tips

Wood glue is available in different types. Water or Oil Based Solvent Soluble Adhesives

Depending on what you need glue for, you’ll be working with either a natural adhesive or a synthetic adhesive. These glues are from a variety of materials with different cleanup requirements. A few can be successful with pure soapy water; others need the use of strong solvents. There several ways to remove dried wood glue. Depending on the materials used, the procedures may also vary. Here are a few ways to clean glue.

Things Needed to Remove Glue

Acetone (nail polish remover)
All-purpose carpet spotter
Dish detergent
Mineral spirits

How to Remove Water Soluble Adhesive Glue From Carpet DIY

  1. One of the most critical things you can do when trying to remove glue from carpet is acting quickly. As soon as you discover the glue stain, be sure to take action, as many kinds of adhesives are especially quick-drying.
  2. Remove any excess adhesive. Remove as much of the glue that you can. Even if it has dried, you should still attempt to remove residual glue. Take a sharp knife and carefully scrape any glue residue off of the affected area on the carpet. If the spot has dried, use a damp towel instead. Make sure the water on the cloth is warm enough to cause the glue to soften. If the adhesive is fresh, dab at the spot with a towel. Soak up as much of the glue as you can.
  3. If the glue has hardened, you may need to scrape for a more extended period to loosen the substance from the carpet fibres.
  4. Apply a modest amount of all-purpose carpet cleaner to a towel. If none can be found – make your own by mixing a 1/4 tsp—dish detergent into 1 quart of water. Try out in an inconspicuous area of the carpet before working it into the wood glue spot.
  5. Let the spotter work for several minutes. Work with a blunt item, such as a spoon, to scrape away the glue. If practical, repeat until all the glue has removed from the carpet.
  6. Wash with clear water by misting with a squirt bottle. Blot the area using towels. Never saturate the area. Give it time to dry.

How to Remove Solvent Oil Soluble Adhesive Glue From Carpet DIY

  1. Pour a modest amount of a water-free solvent, such as mineral spirits or acetone, on to a clean towel. Try it in an inconspicuous area of the carpet. Water-free solvents can damage several carpet yarns, so checking is a necessity. Observe if the fibres distort or lose colour. Allow it to dry before making a final assessment.
  2. Blunt scraping tool to help loosen the glue. If it’s been successful, repeat. However, be careful not to over-apply the solvent to the carpet. If the rug has glued back, an excessive amount of will seeps down, causing fibres to come loose from the backing.
  3. Blot thoroughly to clean glue out as much of the solvent.
  4. Rinse using clear water by misting the affected area with a squirt bottle. Blot the area thoroughly. Put a weighted, thick towel on top of the affected area. Let it sit for about an hour. And finally, air dry.

Glue Removal Guide

  • At all times, pre-test a cleaner in a hidden area of the room before the spot in the open.
  • Put on gloves and have plenty of ventilation when using solvents just like mineral spirits and acetone.
  • Keep sparks as well as open flames away from solvents, since they are flammable.


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Experienced, Researched and written by the Stephens family. Thus, includes Graeme an IICRC master restoration Technician 2001, with over 32 years of carpet cleaning and stain removal Auckland services experience.

Updated:18th May 2020