How to Get Spray Adhesive Out of Clothing

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Spray adhesives are a convenient tool. They allow the user to quickly and efficiently apply adhesive to paper, foam, vinyl, fabric and several other materials. With this convenience comes the possibility of adhesive spray not spraying exactly where you want it. Like any spray, there is a chance the adhesive may get onto the skin, in your hair or all over your clothing. When considering the usage of spray adhesives, it is a good idea to have the knowledge of what to do when that spray can takes control of the project at hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Scotch tape
  • Place the garment on a flat surface.

  • Place a piece of scotch tape on the area with the adhesive.

  • Rub the tape with your finger. Press firmly to allow the tape to stick to the adhesive.

  • Remove the tape in a single, fast motion. Repeat the process over all the affected areas. The adhesive on the tape will remove the spray adhesive from the garment. If a little residue remains, take your finger and rub vigorously on the remaining adhesive. The friction generated will remove the remaining particles. Reapply the scotch tape to finish the job.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can purchase commercial products, such as STA-PUT Adhesive Remover and Tech Spray Label & Adhesive Remover. Read the directions on the can to make sure they will not damage your garment.
  • Scotch tape has a mild adhesive that will not cause damage to garments. Using products such as duct tape may work for fabrics such as jeans, but other fabrics can actually retain the adhesive from the duct tape. This can cause the trouble of having to remove two adhesives instead of just the one you started with.
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