How To Remove Hot Glue From Carpet

Seven simple steps to getting hot glue out of your carpet.

Hot glue has scared it's users from it's inception. The thought of burning yourself or letting droplets of hot glue fall and adhere to your carpet can be difficult to deal with. But what if it's too late? What if you've already had the little hot droplets of glue fall onto your carpet.

There's no need to buy a new carpet just yet, or even throwing a scatter rug over your newly aquired mess.

Here are a few tips to get hot glue off of your carpet.

Here is a list of items that you will need

- WD-40

- One sharp razor blade

- Spot carpet cleaner

- Sponge with scrubber on back side

- Paper towels

The Process

1. Spray the effected area of carpet with WD-40. Allow to sit and penetrate for about 15 minutes. The WD-40 will help to loosen the hot glue from the individual strands of carpet.

2. With a razor blade, gently scrape the hot glue from the carpet strands, starting from the bottom and working your way up. This will feel much like peeling a potato or cucumber with a knife.

3. After most of the hot glue has been peeled off by the razor blade, spray another shot of WD-40. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.

4. Peel a little more of the glue off with the razor blade, paying close attention to the base of your carpet. If you have hot glue still in the when you are finished, your carpet will mold to a rather funny position. This can be avoided by detailing the base of the carpet.

5. Grab your sponge. Using the scrubber side, gently scrub the area of the carpet with the remaining hot glue on it, being sure to only scrub in one direction. Most of the hot glue will be gone by this point.

6. Use a small amount of spot carpet cleaner on the area with the WD-40 on it. Allow to soak per manufacturer's direction.

7. Continue following the manufacturer's directions for removal of the carpet cleaner. Blot dry with a paper towel.

8. When the area of carpet is dry, vacuum it. Most of the tiny glue pieces will be vacuumed up.

This process will work for just about anything that ends up sticking to your carpet, like gum, hot wax and even shoe polish.

It's always best to get the spot out as soon as you see it. If you leave it for another day, the spot could end of taking a few repeat sessions of the above directions.

If you don't already have scotchguard on your carpets, buy a can at your local discount department store. It can really help with the future issues that your carpet might just incurr.

A rule of thumb regarding your carpets is don't give up on stains and messes. With all of the new products on the market, there will be something to help you and your carpet get back to the way things once were.

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