Although it may seem that hot glue is complicated or impossible to remove, the good news is that removing hot glue is possible, so if you make a mistake or have stained something you did not want, do not get frustrated, there is a solution!
In this article, I will explain how to remove hot glue from the fabric with 2 hot glue remover methods that you can easily make at home.
Let’s get started!
How to get hot glue off fabric
When hot glue gets on the fabric it may seem like we’ve got ourselves into a big problem, however it’s very easy to solve. Next I will explain how to remove hot glue in two different ways.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you do not try to clean or smear it as soon as it falls because it will be more difficult to remove it since you will only be pushing the glue deeper into the fibers of the fabric, complicating the problem, better wait for it to dry.
First hot glue remover method: freeze
For this method you will need to have a freezer nearby to put the fabric that you have hot glued on or an ice chest.
Put the fabric in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Exposing the glue to the cold will cause it to harden and become brittle.
Once the glue has dried, place the fabric on a hard surface and begin removing the glue with your finger, spoon, or butter knife. Lift the glue carefully so as not to tear the fabric.
Lastly, wash the garment by hand or in the washing machine to remove any residue. If necessary, you can rub the soap into the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it off.
Second hot glue remover method: isopropyl alcohol or acetone
Before trying this method, test the fabric by placing a drop of alcohol or acetone on it to verify that it is not damaged.
Let the glue that has stained the fabric dry. Hot glue dries quickly and will be easier to remove.
Then, place the garment on a hard surface and soak a cotton swab in 70% isopropyl alcohol or acetone. Rub the cotton swab around the glue stain. Wait about 1 minute for the rubbing alcohol or acetone to work on the glue and it begins to loosen.
Once the time is up, start removing the glue with your fingers, a spoon, or a butter knife. You may need to apply more alcohol or acetone as you remove the glue.
Lastly, wash the garment by hand or in the washing machine to remove any glue residue and the smell of alcohol or acetone.
Use these Hot Glue Remover methods
You don’t need expensive chemical products to remove hot glue from the fabric or specific tools for this purpose.
Now that you’ve learned how to remove hot glue from fabric, you’re ready to move on to your craft or repair projects.
Be careful not to stain yourself again, but if it does happen you will know that with these simple techniques you can easily fix it.