An adhesive is a chemical, typically liquid or semi-liquid, that adheres or bonds items together. Adhesives come from either natural or synthetic sources; glue on tape, masking tape, duct tape, etc. and can come in many forms, drying adhesives, pressure sensitive adhesives, contact adhesives, hot adhesives, multi-part adhesives, one-part adhesives, natural adhesives, and synthetic adhesives. If it is used on carpet for whatever reason, maybe as a protector for paint or to do a quick patch-up job on ripped carpet, the residue will remain on the carpet in a matter of days if left to sit. Read on to learn about removing adhesive residue on your carpet.
The residue of glue is sticky and can attract dust, dirt or any particulate to the carpet thus creating a new stain. Not to mention the texture can be incredibly annoying. First, it’s important to understand what the chemical makeup of glue is in order to understand how to remove it. Adhesives are primarily a made petroleum-based chemical so the best chemical to use is a petroleum-based product. The most commonly used product is “Goof Off” which can be found at any Home Depot, as well as lighter fluid, De-Solv-It, and rubbing alcohol. If one doesn’t work, simply try another. As with any stain removal technique, you will want to try a test application on a small, inconspicuous spot to be sure it does not damage the color or fibers of your carpet.
It’s very important to know that when using products designed to break down adhesives, ensure that you only moisten the tops of the fibers. If the product soaks into the carpet backing, it will dissolve the glue that holds the carpet together and causes a much bigger problem.
If you have children, or you’re a messy scrapbooker, this could be a common problem. Leaving glue on your carpet makes it extremely easy for dirt and debris to cling to the area, especially over time. Also, if you don’t remove the glue right away, it becomes even more difficult to remove, therefore it’s important to find the best solution to get the adhesive off immediately! For this solution, we’ll be using distilled white vinegar, and as always, be sure to test a hidden area to see how your carpet will react to the solution.
An alternative to white vinegar is to use dish soap.
Not many things feel better than walking on a soft, clean, carpet in your home. Sometimes these processes can be tedious unless you have the proper equipment, and if you run into an issue removing adhesive residue on your carpet, don’t hesitate to call. I’m happy to help.