How to Remove Glue Spots

By: Editors of Consumer Guide  | 

Non-washable Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove glue spots from non-washable fabrics such as acetate, fiberglass, rayon, silk, triacetate and wool:

  • Immediately sponge (the method of using light strokes with a dampened pad working outward from the center of the stain) the area with water.
  • Then apply a wet spotter and a few drops of white vinegar.
  • Cover with an absorbent pad dampened with a wet spotter.
  • Let it stand as long as any stain is being picked up.
  • Change the pad as it removes the stain.
  • Keep both the stain and pad moist with a wet spotter and vinegar.
  • Flush (the method of applying stain remover to loosen staining materials and residue from stain removers) with water and repeat until you can't remove any longer. 

For a lingering stain:


  • Use an enzyme presoak (follow directions on the label; caution, some enzyme presoaks are not designed for use on wool or silk).
  • Cover with a clean pad that you have dipped in the solution and wrung dry.
  • Let it stand 30 minutes.
  • Keep the area and pad moist and warm, but do not let the wet area spread.
  • When you can't remove the stain any longer, flush thoroughly with water and allow it to dry.