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Crafts Gone Wild – Getting Glue Out Of Your New Carpeting

by Juanita Perkins

New carpeting shouldn't keep your family from enjoying the things that you would have done before it was installed. Yes, you want to do all that you can to ensure that the carpet keeps the new look, smell, and feel, but this shouldn't mean putting a stop to art and craft times that you enjoy with your kids. Crafting glue can easily get away from someone of any age, and when it does, you must know what to do to get it out of your carpet. Here, you will learn how to do just that.

Supply List

  • Sponge
  • Quality paper towels or clean rags
  • Very warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Sharp scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic putty knife

Act Fast

The minute that you notice that the glue found a way onto the carpet, you must take action. Start by blotting the spot gently with dry quality paper towels. If you have cheap paper towels, opt for a clean rag or you will end up picking up small pieces of the paper towel that has gotten stuck in the glue. Your goal at this point is to blot up as much of the glue from the carpeting without pressing it deeper into the fibers.

Tip: To prevent the glue from spreading, get a sheet of aluminum foil and cut a hole in it that is slightly larger than the glue spot. Position it over the area and continue the cleaning process.

Blot with White Vinegar

After you have cleaned up as much as you can, pour a little bit of white vinegar into a dish so that you can dip a folded paper towel or rag into it. You don't want the paper towel to be saturated, but you want it wet enough to clean the spot.

Blot the spot repeatedly changing the paper towel or rag every so often so that you aren't blotting the glue back into the carpet.

Rinse with Warm Water

Get a bucket of very warm water and a clean sponge. Dip the sponge in the water and wring it out well. Blot the area to clean the vinegar out of the carpeting so that it doesn't leave an odor or cause the carpet to become discolored from leaving residue behind. Continue rinsing until the area is fresh and clean, then blot dry with clean paper towels.

Dried Glue

If the glue has dried, it is possible that you will be able to scrape it off using a plastic putty knife. If this doesn't work, you will likely need to trim the ends of the carpeting to remove the glue.

When art and craft time gets a little wild and the glue gets out of control, you can preserve the beauty of the carpet. Just act fast and use the guide above and when you're done, there will be no evidence showing that things got a little crazy. Contact a local outlet, such as Costen Flooring America, for carpet replacement.