COIT’s Guide to Glue Stain Removal
If you’re enjoying arts and crafts time with yourself or with your children, or simply trying to fix objects that may need repair, you’re probably going to use a bit of glue, right? Should you happen to get some glue on carpet or other surfaces, glue stain removal doesn’t have to disrupt your schedule.
With COIT’s step-by-step guide to glue stain removal, try do-it-yourself techniques to answer the “how to remove glue stains” question.
Where Does Glue Come From?
Glue is definitely not a modern invention. Though glue has certainly evolved and improved over the years, it has been around for longer than most would think. The first signs of simple glue appear in central Italy around 200,000 BC, while traces of compound glue data back to 70,000 BC in South Africa. People used these early forms of glue to make weapons, which often involved fastening a stone spearhead to wood for both hunting and protection.
Also known as an adhesive, glue comes from both natural and synthetic sources. In fact, during medieval times in Europe, people used egg whites to decorate parchments with gold leaf (parchments are thin materials that were made from hide, and were used to make books or manuscripts).
Natural vs. Synthetic Adhesives
Depending on what you need glue for, you’ll be working with either a natural adhesive or a synthetic adhesive. A natural adhesive is made from organic sources like natural resins, vegetable matter or from animals. A synthetic adhesive is derived from thermoplastics, emulsions, elastomers and thermosets. These types of glue can be hot or cold, depending on the brand and purpose for using the glue. For specific instructions please checkout our guide on how to remove glue from carpets.