Wood glue helps bond woodwork in place. But, while it’s meant to be used on wood, sometimes it can stick into other household things and become tough to remove.
If wood sticks in your carpet, you need to take special precautions when removing it. Note that the glue can easily damage your carpet if it’s not removed with proper cleaning materials. But when using the correct method, the glue can dissolve quickly.
If your carpet has wood glue stains, here is how to remove them.
Steps to Getting Rid of Wood Glue on Your Carpet
There are two ways of removing wood glue from your carpet; you can use vinegar or alcohol. Here is a step by step guide on that:
Warm Your Vinegar
Pour one cup of distilled white vinegar into a pot. Then, warm it using a stove for some minutes until it becomes hot. Remove it from the stove just when it is about to simmer.
Pour into a Spray Bottle
Transfer the vinegar to a plastic bottle. Make sure that the bottle is clean and works properly. You can test it by spraying some amount of vinegar into your kitchen sink.
Apply the Vinegar
Next, spray the vinegar directly into the stains on the carpet. Apply a generous amount so that it works effectively. Then, give time for the vinegar to soak and break down the glue particles. Allow about thirty minutes or more before removing.
Scrubbing the Glue Stain
Once the vinegar has soaked the wood glue, use microfiber cloth to gently scrub the area. This loosens the particles. Please don’t use a lot of force as it will damage your carpet.
Plus, there is no need to use force since the vinegar has already softened the glue particles. Thus, you should be able to lift it easily.
If there are remaining particles, try steam cleaning to remove them from your carpet. However, this will need you to use a household detergent. Apply the solution to the stained area. Then lay a clean and dry rag on top of that area.
After, apply some steam on the surface using a steaming iron. Remember to set the iron at medium heat. This breaks away the glue particles and makes them easy to wipe. Once down, clean your carpet with soap and clean water.
Vinegar and water or water and detergent work well if the wood glue is still wet. However, once the wood dries, you’ll need a strong solvent to remove it. That’s where rubbing alcohol comes in. Here is how to use rubbing alcohol to remove wood glue stains from your carpet.
Before you use rubbing alcohol on your carpet, test it first on a part of your carpet that’s not that visible. This will allow you to know whether or not the alcohol will change the color of your carpet.
Dab Rubbing Alcohol
Once you have determined that it’s safe, soak a piece of cloth in the alcohol. Then, dab it at the dried wood glue to loosen the particles. After, wipe it off with a dry clean cloth.
If the stain won’t come out, we recommend leaving the rubbing alcohol-soaked cloth on the affected area for 15-20 minutes. Doing this loosens the glue, making it easy for it to come out when you wipe it away.
Tips to Remove Wood Glue on Your Carpet
Accidents happen, and you may end up with wood glue on your carpet. However, don’t panic, as the above methods will work most times. Always try to remove the glue as soon as you can. But if it dries out, buy a rubbing alcohol solution to help you.
If you don’t have distilled vinegar, you can use a sponge soaked in warm water and rub it against the surface gently. The most important thing is to loosen the glue particle to make cleaning easy. You can also use a gel solvent like Goo Gone or dish soap.
Please always test your cleaning agent at the carpet’s edge to ensure that it doesn’t lead to color change. Also, remember to remove your cleaning agent from the carpet once finished.
Additionally, don’t soak your carpet with the solvent and limit the force you use to avoid destroying the carpet.