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How To Clean Glue Stains from Carpet and Rugs

When removing a glue stain from carpet and other similar materials, try this simple technique. If the glue is still wet, blot, don't rub, the glue with cotton balls. After the excess has been absorbed, switch to cotton balls soaked with water; most typical glues are water soluble. Allowing the moistened cotton ball to sit on the stain for a minute or two will help dissolve the glue. Alternate between wet and dry cotton balls to absorb the glue.

If glue remains after this step, use cotton balls soaked with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl). Be sure to test the alcohol on an inconspicuous area first. The alcohol may help to dissolve glue that has partially dried or glues that are not water soluble.

If the glue has dried, mineral spirits may be able to dissolve the stain. However, test mineral spirits on an inconspicuous area and allow to dry to make certain it does not damage the appearance of your carpet or rug.

Keep in mind that carpets come in a wide variety of materials, and unusual carpet pigments or materials such as leather, suede or exotic synthetics may not react favorably with cleaning solutions. You may also wish to consider the backing material of your carpet or rug, and whether or not it will react to the cleaning solution. Any stain remedy should be tested in an inconspicuous area.

Caution: Never mix cleaning agents or chemicals, the result can be dangerous or deadly. Before cleaning, always test the agent on an inconspicuous location to determine its suitability and to make certain it does not damage the material. Wear appropriate clothing such as gloves and protective eyewear, and work in a well-ventilated area. Accidental inhalation or ingestion of cleaning agents can be hazardous and even fatal, particularly to pets and children.

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