How do you get glue off of jeans?


Quick Answer

Removing glue from jeans requires petroleum jelly, a spoon, dish soap and laundry detergent. The time required to remove the glue varies depending upon the type of glue and the size of the spot.

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  1. Soften the glue

    Hardened glue needs to be softened before removal. Rub petroleum jelly or waterless hand cleaner into the stain. If this does not work, place a stack of warm, wet paper towels on top of the glue stain. Allow the paper towels to remain on the glue stain for about an hour.

  2. Remove the softened glue

    Scrape off any softened glue with a spoon. Scrape gently to avoid harming the fabric.

  3. Clean the area

    Apply laundry detergent to the treated area, rubbing it into the fabric in a circular motion. Rinse with the hottest water safe for the fabric.

  4. Inspect the fabric

    Examine the fabric for any remaining glue. Continue to soften, scrape, and apply petroleum jelly, hand cleaner or paper towels until all the glue is removed.

  5. Wash the jeans

    Wash the fabric in the washing machine on the hottest setting recommended by the fabric manufacturer. Remove the jeans from the wash, and inspect them for any remaining stains. If no stains remain, dry as usual.

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