How to Remove Hot Glue from Any Surface-A Quick Guide

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If you’re a DIY enthusiast with experience in the art of crafting, then you know what it feels like to have your work ruined by hot glue oozing all over everything!

Whether on clothes, furniture, carpet, or even worse – skin. If so, this blog post will teach you how to remove hot glue with ease and without making more mess. It’s easy!

How to Remove Hot Glue from Fabric

What’s the one thing you dread when crafting? For many, it may be removing hot glue from the fabric. It can take hours to get that stuff off! And sometimes, even after all your hard work, some of the glue still remains on the fabric.

This is one of the most challenging places to remove the hot glue, and removing it from fabric is a bit tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! 

I’m going to tell you about a few different methods for getting rid of hot glue, so you never have to worry about ruining your project again!

To remove hot glue from fabric, all you need to do are 3 easy steps below:

  1. If hot glue spills on your fabric, do not touch it! Touching the glue may only make a bad spill worse and result in you pulling off some of the fabric’s fibers. There are several ways you can try to eliminate a hot glue stain.
  2. Place a spill in the freezer for 20-60 minutes, depending on the thickness and temperature of the glue. This will ensure the glue dries super fast and completely hardens.
  3. To remove the dried hot glue, carefully peel it off of your project. Be gentle and extra careful with thinner fabrics.

How to Remove Hot Glue from Wood, Metal, and Other Surfaces

There are some projects that you can do with hot glue that require a lot of it. One example is making decor for Christmas. You might have to use a lot of hot glue to make the whole thing, and when you’re done, there’s probably still residue on your hands as well as wherever else the glue dripped onto. 

If this has happened to you before, then I’m sure you’ve spent time trying to remove the sticky mess from surfaces like metal or wood without success. Well, in this blog post, we’ll show you how easy it is!

Here’s one of the hottest hot glue removal tricks: 

So long as you actually spilled the hot glue on your wooden table or wood project, this is an easy way to remove it and clean it up. All you need is some rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs – test it out by putting a drop of solvent on your surface.

  1. One important thing to do before attempting to remove a glob of glue is to let it dry. This will make it easier for you when pulling the glue off in a single piece instead of scraping at a gluey mess.
  2. After the glue has dried, soak your cotton swabs in rubbing alcohol and then dab them around the edges of the hot glue blob.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the rubbing alcohol to soak in and react, and then peel the glued item off as from the wooden surface.

This method should work for metal, plastic, and any other non-porous surfaces. If rubbing alcohol didn’t work on the wood, you could try denatured alcohol, a more potent solvent.

But I advise you to test it in a small invisible area first. This way, you’ll make sure that the solvent won’t damage the finish.

How to Remove Hot Glue from Skin

Hot glue can be a great tool in DIY projects, but it’s not always the best choice for specific applications. For example.

If you’re using hot glue to attach stones or beads to an item of clothing like a scarf, and you hot glue your fingers together instead of the fabric… Well, that is just bad luck!

If you’re unfortunate enough to have glue on your skin, the first thing that needs to happen is removing any excess from around it. Work fast.

  1. Cool it down. You can use ice, cold water, or a wet cloth to cool the glue. This will help it solidify and harden so that you can remove it more easily.
  2. Peel it off your skin gently. It can be uncomfortable, and if you feel too much pain, seek medical attention.
  3. Treat it like any other skin injury/skin burn

How to Remove Hot Glue from Carpet

If you’re like me, then you’ve had the unfortunate experience of accidentally spilling hot glue on your carpet.  Although it seems to be a common occurrence in most households, we all know that removing it is not an easy task! 

Removing hot glue from the carpet is also one of the most frustrating things to happen, especially on a new or expensive one. We’ve all done it, and we all have had a difficult time finding ways to remove it without making things worse.

Removing hot glue from the carpet may be accomplished in two ways, depending on when the spill is located and how much of it has dried already. So here are some helpful tips for removing hot glue from carpets:

  1. If the spill is found straightaway, use a sharp scraper and scrape it off of the carpet and onto the blade in an upward motion.
  2. If the spill has dried, use a hot iron and a piece of cloth or paper towel. Cover the glue spot with a paper towel and gently melt the glue off the carpet by pressing the glue spot rather than “ironing it.”


Hot glue is a very versatile medium that can be used for a variety of projects and purposes. While it can be used to craft various projects, it can become very messy very quickly.

It can make it difficult to find ways to remove it without making things worse.

I hope that these tips have been helpful in your search for methods to remove hot glue from your projects.

If you have any other tips or tricks that may be helpful for DIYers and crafters, please let me know in the comments below!

I hope this guide has been comprehensive enough to help you find a way to remove hot glue no matter where it is, what surfaces are affected, and how long ago the spill occurred.

If you have any questions, leave a comment in the box below. And don’t forget to pin this article to your DIY tips board. Thank you!

Happy crafting!

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