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How to Remove White Glue From Upholstery

by Allison Boelcke
  • Overview

    White glue can turn into a sticky mess if it comes into contact with upholstery. Although you don't have to worry about any color stains, the adhesive can sink into upholstery fibers. If you try to pull off the glue spot, you risk loosening and fraying the upholstery fibers or permanently damaging the upholstered item. White glue contains proteins that can thicken when exposed to heat, so trying to remove the glue with hot water can make the glue seep further into the upholstery. If you use cool removal methods, you can effectively remove the glue without any damage.
 
  • Step 1

    Insert the blade of a dull butter knife directly under the glue spot. Lift up the knife to gently pry away as much of the glue as possible. Scrape away any remaining glue patches.
  • Step 2

    Add 1 tbsp. of mild detergent and 2 cups of cold water into a bucket and mix thoroughly. Dip a white cloth into the solution, and then dab it lightly onto the glue stain until the liquid completely soaks into the upholstery.
  • Step 3

    Pour 1 tbsp. household ammonia into a separate bucket with a half-cup of cold water. Dampen another white cloth with the solution, and then dab it lightly onto the stain until the upholstery absorbs the liquid.
  • Step 4

    Inspect the upholstery to determine if any glue patches are still present. Repeat the process of dabbing it with the detergent and ammonia mixtures until the glue is completely gone.
  • Step 5

    Dampen a clean sponge with cold water and dab it lightly onto the area where the glue was. Blot at the water spot with a clean white cloth until the upholstery is dry.
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  • Butter knife 1 tbsp. mild detergent (such as liquid hand dishwashing) 1 tbsp. household ammonia 2.5 cups water 2 buckets White cloths Sponge
  • Butter knife
  • 1 tbsp. mild detergent (such as liquid hand dishwashing)
  • 1 tbsp. household ammonia
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 2 buckets
  • White cloths
  • Sponge
  • Handle glue stains gently and patiently in order to prevent damaging the upholstery. If the glue is too soft to easily pry up, apply an ice cube directly onto the spot until the glue hardens.
  • Handle glue stains gently and patiently in order to prevent damaging the upholstery.
  • If the glue is too soft to easily pry up, apply an ice cube directly onto the spot until the glue hardens.
  • Do not use hot water to remove the glue because the heat may cause the glue to congeal and sink deeper into the upholstery fibers.
  • Do not use hot water to remove the glue because the heat may cause the glue to congeal and sink deeper into the upholstery fibers.

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