How to Remove Sticky Glue From Cotton Fabric

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Heat up sticky glue for easy removal.
Heat up sticky glue for easy removal. (Image: iron image by Eray Haciosmanoglu from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Sticky glue can appear on your cotton clothing or fabric during home improvement or craft projects or it may be left behind when you remove the labels from new clothing. However the sticky glue appeared, act fast to remove it, as the glue spot could create an ugly stain. Fortunately, cotton is a durable fabric and can withstand the high temperatures necessary for glue removal.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap fabric
  • Dull knife
  • Laundry stain remover

Plug in your clothes iron and turn it on to the cotton temperature setting. Let the iron warm up while you prepare the cotton fabric.

Place the cotton fabric on an ironing board with the sticky glue facing up.

Slip one paper towel underneath the glue-stained fabric and place another paper towel on top of the glue.

Place one layer of cotton scrap fabric on top of the paper towel.

Iron the layers of fabric and paper towels to heat up the sticky glue. As the glue becomes warm, it will soften and should stick to the paper towels. Peek under the scrap fabric and paper towel occasionally to check your progress.

Remove the scrap fabric and discard the paper towels. Scrape away any remaining softened glue with a dull knife.

Spray a laundry stain remover onto the cotton fabric if any trace of the glue or discoloration remains.

Wash the cotton fabric in hot water in your washing machine.

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