Hot glue works in a melted state; it firmly wraps around the fabric fibers. While you work with the hot adhesive, it may drip on the covering cloth or your shirts. You should not try to clean it off in its wet state, as it will overlap more areas. And once it’s dried, it becomes hard and firmly adhered to the fabric.
While the glue’s strength is effective in crafting fabric pieces, it can be a tough job to remove it in its dried and rigid state.
Methods of Removing Hot Glue from Fabrics
There are several ways you can apply, like using-
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Washing or hot water
- Hot Ironing
- A freezer or ice cube
How to Remove Hot Glue from Fabric
We will check out the most straightforward way, what we may call the “freezer method.” It’s easy to work with and requires little patience.
You might apply the need:
- A cooler or some ice cubes
- A kitchen knife
- Some detergents
Remember, do not try to remove hot glue in its liquid condition. Let it dry in the cold until it turns hard and brittle. Then it’s easy to take off the tiny residues. With the right tools, do the following:
- Dry the glue: Keep the fabric piece in a plastic bag, then place the bag at a low temperature. You can keep them in the freezer and wait for half an hour. If the fabric piece is big enough not to fit inside the freezer, you can keep it in a cooler or put an ice bag on the residue spot for 30 minutes. Then, the glue will become fragile, and it’s much easier to uplift it with a little scraping.
- Take off the residues: When the adhesives become cool, dry, and harder, there will be cracks around the edges. Carefully remove the particles with your fingernails. A butter or kitchene knife can also do the job of cleaning out the most challenging tiny powders.
- Wash away: Check if you find there any sticky feeling on the spotted areas yet after scraping. Remove those gums with a hand wash. Rub the marked areas with detergent for the itchy gums, and then wash regularly.
- Dry up: Once you are sure that all the sticky remnants are gone, let the fabrics dry. Remember that if any sticky residues are there, they will become tacky in high heat.
Thinks you need to consider
- Don’t get in a hurry while you rub off the hardened glue from fabric surfaces, especially for lace and thin fabrics. You might end up creating holes and tears.
How to Remove Hot Glue from Micro Suede Fabric
Your microfiber couch might have hot glue droplets on its upper parts or seats. Once it dries up, the glue becomes rubbery and firmly embedded into the micro threads, which a solvent or cleaner can’t shift. So, how to get the hot glue off the fabric couch in a simple way?
You should make the glue hot and melt and then try to clean it. Otherwise, while trying to scrape the hard glue off, you might pull the threads up.
To make the cleanup easy and to understand how to remove hot glue from micro suede fabric furniture, follow the steps:
- You need a special soldering gun or iron with a rounded tip.
- Take a wet towel and place it on the glue blobs.
- Put the soldering gun’s tip in the “glue” position over the towel. And slowly move the end of it around the spot.
- Scrape it off with the lead once the glue becomes melted and sticky.
- Still, there might be a few residues. Rub them off with a kitchen knife or a screwdriver.
- Continue the process one more time if there are still some turbulent remnants.
- After all the glue is gone, rub the area with wet towels.
- Finally, take thin fabric, place it over the spot, and use an iron to dry the couch fabric.
Thinks you need to consider
Do not put the iron and soldering gun directly over the velvet or microsuede fabric. Place a towel or cloth between them.
How to Remove Hot Glue from Cotton Fabric
Removing hot glue from cotton fabric is easy as you can wash the fabric. Besides, cotton fabric can withstand heat and cold during its cleaning process.
You can try to get hot glue off using several methods, including washing, ironing, and freezer methods.
The good part about cotton fabric is that it can withstand acetone-based cleaners too. Its fiber is strong enough not to get damaged. However, if your cotton dress has a print, there is a chance that acetone can clean out the print.
Most of the usual day-to-day dresses are made of cotton, like shirts, t-shirts, and jeans.
We will check out how to remove hot glue from cotton fabric using the ironing method.
Apply the iron method if you have hot glue on a cotton textile, like your jeans.
You will need:
- A piece of thin cotton fabric or a brown paper bag
Follow the steps:
- Lay the cotton fabric or the brown paper flat on your ironing board.
- Place the glued part of the jeans on top of the cotton piece. Keep the glue side down.
- Press a hot iron for 10 to 20 seconds on the jeans. Do not use a steam iron. The glue will melt and stick to the thin cotton piece.
- Now, pick up the iron and then cast off the fabric piece.
- Place the glue spot on a new area of the cotton fabric and repeat the same.
- Continue until all the glue has been moved from the jeans to the cotton piece.
How to Remove Hot Glue from Polyester Fabric
Unlike other fabrics, polyester fabric responds to heat differently due to its synthetic material. Hot glue might melt it sometimes. However, if the fabric is still solid and if you have to remove the stuck hot glue, using the freezer method will be the easiest method.
Also, the acetone method can be another choice as it can dissolve the bonds between polyester and glue. Nail polish remover is the cheapest acetone solution. However, test out a small drop of acetone on the polyester fabric piece and observe the change, as acetone can damage the polyester.
You can remove the dried glue by dissolving it like any other glue. In this case, glue cleaners like acetone or rubbing alcohol perform best. Again, though hot glue remains sticky and firmly adheres to the fabrics when it dries, it becomes brittle when it is hard. And the best way to make it breakable is to keep it at a freezing temperature. And the last method is that you can remelt it with a hot dryer, iron, or soldering gun.
The cotton and velvet fabrics can withstand heat and cold. But any synthetic fiber-made fabric like polyester might not tolerate the high heat that is needed to melt the hot glue.
Choose the most suitable method based on the fabrics you are working with. And you should try the first application on a similar fabric piece or on the inside of your dress to check out the immediate result.