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How To Remove Plastic Adhesive from Clothes

By Edited Jul 9, 2014 0 0

When gluing plastics together, using the right adhesive makes all the difference. If you use the wrong type of plastic adhesive, you can actually cause the plastic to melt or not bond well. Plastic adhesives form a very, strong and durable bond. Some are known as super glues because the bond is virtually unbreakable. Plastic adhesives can be used to mend plastic buckets, heavyweight plastic coolers or more delicate craft projects which require the use of plastic parts and plastic adhesives.

If you are a crafter or a do it yourself repair person, the chances of getting a spot or 2 of plastic adhesive on your clothes or other fabric in and around your home is pretty high. In the past, the clothing that has plastic adhesive spots and splatters probably became a rag or part of your new set of work clothes. There is an effective remedy to remove the plastic adhesive from your clothes. It is a long process, but it does work.

Preparing to Remove the Adhesive

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a small pot and place it on the with a low flame.

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar into a second pot and place on the stove. Do not turn the flame or heat on just yet.

Bring the first pot of white vinegar to a boil. As soon as it begins to boils, remove the pot from the heat and set on a heat safe pot holder.

Turn the heat to the on position on the second pot of white vinegar.

Dip the glue stain part of the fabric into the hot white vinegar. Allow the adhesive stain to soak until the white vinegar begins to cool and no longer lets off a steam vapor.

Remove the second pot of boiling white vinegar from the stove and set it on a heat safe surface. Move the adhesive stained fabric from the first pot of vinegar to the second pot of vinegar. Allow the stain to soak for a total of 15 to 20 minutes.

Place a layer of paper towels or clean rags on a flat surface.

Place the clothing with the adhesive stain on top of the paper towels or rags.

Look for any trace of the stains.

If you see any bits of glue, which you probably will not, take the edge of a plastic knife or plastic spoon and gently scrape off any remaining adhesive. An old credit card works well as a plastic scraper. Do not use metal, sharp tools or rough tools because you can create holes on the fabric or otherwise damage the fabric.

Launder the fabric as usual.

Preventing Adhesive Stains on Clothes & Other Tips

To prevent plastic adhesive mishaps and clothing stains, always wear old work clothes and an apron.

Plastic adhesive is a very tough glue and may require more than a 15 to 20 minute soak in a boiling hot white vinegar.

If you have gotten a lot of glue on the fabric you may have to repeat the process 2 to 3 times before you successfully are able to remove the adhesive from the fabric.

Keep working on removing the adhesive before washing or drying the clothing. The heat of the dryer can push the adhesive further into the fabric fibers.



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