Whether using adhesives for a DIY project, crafts or beauty, knowing how to remove adhesives from carpets may be a very useful skill for any carpet owner.
Try contacting the product’s manufacturer for advice. If you can’t contact them, then try these solutions. Pre-test any cleaning solution first, to avoid damaging the carpet.
For Water-Based Adhesives:
- Blot up the adhesive with an absorbent cloth or paper towel, and scrape with a spoon or dull knife if it’s dried. Work from the edges towards the center.
- Combine a ¼ teaspoon of non-bleach, non-lanolin, liquid dishwashing soap with 1 cup of lukewarm water, and then use a spray bottle or clean, light-colored cloth to apply the mixture to the stain. Let it stand for 10-30 minutes, and then repeat step.
- Continue blotting until the stain is gone or proves ineffective.
- Rinses the area thoroughly with tap water, using a spray bottle so you won’t over-wet the carpet, and then thoroughly blot it dry.
- If there’s any stain left, apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to a damp cloth and moisten the stained tufts. Let it stand for 1 hour, and then blot it again. Repeat as needed. Then apply a thick pad of paper towels and weigh it down with a heavy object, and let it stand overnight.
For Non-Water Based Adhesives:
- Blot up as much of the adhesive as possible with an absorbent cloth or paper towel, and scrape with a spoon or dull knife if it’s dried.
- Using a clean, absorbent cloth, apply undiluted Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, or a dry cleaning solvent, or a citrus solvent, or acetone-based nail polish remover, ensuring none of these products soak into the carpet’s backing or pad.
- Let the solvent stand for a few minutes, and then thoroughly blot the stain.
- Spray warm water on it, without soaking the carpet, and rinse thoroughly.
- Meticulously blot the excess moisture, and after the carpet is completely dry, vacuum it.
- If this doesn’t work, repeat the process, but apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent, a tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of lukewarm water instead of a solvent.