How to Remove Velcro Glue


Velcro is a useful tool for sticking objects together. It sticks to the surface of an object and its match sticks to another object. Good-quality Velcro is not supposed to leave behind any glue. However, there are many cases when Velcro is removed and the glue stays behind. Peeling it off with your fingers is difficult, time consuming and mostly ineffective. A citrus cleaner is safe to use on most surfaces and takes glue resin off quickly and easily.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • Citrus cleaner
  • Cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Soak a cotton ball in a citrus cleaner.

  • Rub the wet cotton ball over the entire affected area until the glue is completely removed. If the glue is stubborn, use a household scrub brush (such as one used to wash dishes) to loosen it.

  • Wipe the area with a cloth to remove excess citrus cleaner.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the glue continues to stick, use a pan or paint scraper to help lift it from the surface.
  • Be careful when using a brush on wood surfaces. Varnished surfaces are damaged by excessive scraping. If the cloth is insufficient, a sponge is a less abrasive option than a scrub brush.

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  • "Household Cleaning: Self-Sufficiency"; Rachel Strauss; 2009
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