How to manually remove super glue from carpet

Manually removing super glue from carpet is a pain in the butt! In order to get super glue our of your carpet without damage it must be done properly with a steady hand. It’s sort of like a surgery which needs a scalpel, not a hatchet. Glue’s such as cyanoacrylate “super glue” are an acrylic resin that bonds to carpet, plastic, and metal due to a chain reaction. Since, cyanoacrylate glue is different from many water based glues, the process to remove it is also different. Many water based glues can be eliminated with warm water. Typically, super glue will dry much faster and harder than other glue. For that reason, there are several methods of removing super glue. Doing your research prior to attempting to remove super glue is the hardest part. But, once you have the information and supplies, you’re ready! So, in order to save you all the painstaking hours of tedious research, just follow my instructions and I guarantee you’ll be able to remove that stubborn super glue for your carpet. 

2 Manual Removal Techniques

As pointed out above there are 2 techniques to eliminate super glue from carpet. You can either cut out the glue with a carpet knife or use acetone. You should be really cautious. There is a downside to these methods. When using a carpet knife you run the risk of injury to yourself and the carpet. When using acetone on carpet you risk staining the carpet fibers, not to mention the fumes are horrible. I suggest utilizing an expert carpet cleaning service that is qualified to use these approaches. If not, here is are the best ways to Do It Yourself.

“Trim Out Method”

Prior to you starting, there are a few tools required to do the job properly. You will need a pair of carpet scissors and a great deal of patience. Carpet scissors can be picked up at any Home Depot, Lowes, or local hardware store. This type of approach is best in only removing glue on the surface of the carpet. If the glue has soaked the top of the carpet fibers all the way down to the base, their isn’t much you can do. At that point you should call your local carpet professional as they may be able to cut out the affected area and seam in a new section of carpet.  Basically, you need to almost lay the carpet scissors flat again the carpet. Gently slide the blades around the affected carpet fibers and begin cutting away the affected carpet fibers. It’s really important that you cut very small portions instead of trying to cut it all out at once. If you try to cut it all out at once, you’re going to end up with a big chunk of missing carpet. The whole idea here is to go slow and barely cut away the fibers. 

“Acetone Approach”

When utilizing chemicals, safety is #1 priority. Especially, chemicals that omit harmful fumes and can cause breathing problems. Also, read the label for “Directions for Usage” so all of the appropriate safety steps can be utilized. When utilizing Acetone, you have to operate in a well ventilated area. So, if utilizing Acetone inside make sure you open all windows and doors to get fresh air flow. This technique is used for more serious super glue issues. If the glue remains in the carpet fiber, this is the best way to get rid of it.  My best advice is to spot test the carpet. The best way to spot test is in a hidden area the no one will see. Inside a closet is a good location to test the carpet. You will need a dropper to do this. Squeeze 3-4 drops of acetone onto a test spot and look for color fade. If the color of the carpet begins to run or fade, you won’t be able to use this technique. Unless you don’t care about the affected area changing colors. If the carpet test turned out okay and you’re ready to move forward, be sure to have the following supplies on hand before you start. 

  • acetone
  • laundry soap
  • q-tips
  • hot water. 

After you apply 3-5 drops of acetone on the dried super glue you’ll need to wait 5 minutes. Use the tooth brush or q-tip to agitate and loosen up glue from fiber. As the glue dissolves, take a soft clothe and dab it to soak up the old glue and acetone. Repeat this process until all the glue is gone. If you want to skip all of this and make things really easy, head over to my super glue remover guide and pick up the right super glue remover for your situation. It will save you time and a lot of frustration.

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