Easily Remove A Hot Glue Stain From Carpet With A Couple Items In Your Kitchen

Hot glue can work wonders for woodworking, crafts, furniture assembly, and other projects around the home. It offers a lot of versatility as an adhesive and is ideal for bonding various materials including textiles, wood, plastic, and ceramics. There's no doubt that it's worth keeping your glue gun clean and ready for projects around the house.

However, accidents happen when using a glue gun inside the home, and it can be difficult to know how to proceed when they do. Fortunately, getting hot glue on your carpet isn't the end of the world. All you need to get rid of a hot glue stain is a couple of common items from your kitchen: a Ziploc bag, ice, and a butter knife.

To remove hot glue from carpeting, grab some ice and place it in a Ziploc bag, sealing it tightly. Then, place the bag on top of the glue and let it sit for a few minutes or until the glue becomes brittle. Once the glue becomes brittle, take a butter knife and scrape the glue away until it has been completely uprooted from the carpet. If necessary, you may want to use a vacuum to suck up any remaining bits and pieces that you're unable to pick up by hand.

Removing any glue that remains

This hack tends to work well, but in some cases, it may not erase the hot glue completely. If it doesn't work the first time, you can try repeating the process to make the glue easier to detach. However, you may also want to try another trick to eliminate any hot glue that remains.

There are a lot of great nail polish remover hacks to try around the house, and it can also be a great help when trying to ditch hot glue stains. To dislodge the remaining hot glue, take some acetone-based nail polish remover and apply it to a clean cloth or a cotton ball. Blot the carpet stain using the nail polish remover to dissolve the glue residue and make it easier to wipe off. 

Although it can work well, it's best to use this trick only if you're unable to fully purge the hot glue stain using ice, as some acetone nail polish remover may damage some carpets if left for too long. Remember to spot-test nail polish remover on your carpet or another fabric first. If you decide to use it, wash it off quickly afterward by rinsing it with clean water.

Using ice on clothing and upholstery

Not only can you use ice to eliminate hot glue from carpeting, but this trick works on other materials as well. You can use this laundry hack to remove hot glue stains from clothing and upholstery, if necessary. In each of these cases, the cold ice will help to harden the glue and allow it to be scraped off easily. You'll want to do this carefully, however. Avoid scraping clothing or upholstery with too much force, or you may risk causing damage.

For a smaller item such as a piece of clothing, you may simply want to place the fabric in your freezer. This will have the same effect as the ice and will cool the glue, causing it to harden and become easy to scrape away. Cold temperatures can be surprisingly effective for helping you get rid of hot glue — whether you use a small bag of ice or stick your fabric in the freezer instead.