How to Remove Super Glue From Sheets & Blankets

By Jennifer Hudock

Super glue on your sheets and blankets can be a real chore to get clean. Using simple household items, you can often remove the glue and break the stiffness. Chances are, however, that you will have a clear stain left on the sheets where the glue spilled.

Test an unseen corner of the fabric with a few drops of acetone nail polish remover. Acetone often stains fabric, so before you use it on your sheets, make sure it won't permanently damage the material.

Saturate a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover and dab it at the site of the super glue. Acetone helps break down the glue so you can scrape it off more easily.

Scrape gently at the dissolving glue with a butter knife. Be careful not to scrape too hard as you flake the glue away or you may tear the fabric of your sheets and blankets.

Saturate a second cotton ball and move it over the softening glue to break up any stubborn spots that are having trouble breaking down. Continue to gently scrape at the glue or use the edge of your fingernail.

Wash the scraped sheets and blankets separate from your other clothing, towels and bedding to avoid spreading glue as the substance breaks down.

Hang blankets to air dry. Do not put them in the dryer because the heat from the dryer may permanently harden any remaining glue, making it impossible to soften the material again.

Repeat the process until the fabric begins to soften again, and until the glue dissolves.

Tip

Even after softening, dissolving and removing super glue from your sheets and blankets, a stain might linger where the glue settled in.

Warning

When working with acetone, work in an open, well-ventilated area to avoid inhalation of toxic fumes.

It may take several washings before the fabric softens to the level it was before the spill occurred.

About the Author

Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.