How to Remove Glue From Anything Suede

Updated on April 19, 2019
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I had the displeasure of having a glue stain on a seat cushion and now enjoy helping others solve stain-related issues.

Glue and the suede couch do not mix!
Glue and the suede couch do not mix!

What You Need to Remove Glue From Suede

Suede is a velvety material that is soft to the touch. However, it is also easily stained and terribly hard to clean. What happens when you get regular glue, super glue, or any kind of gooey adhesive on your new suede shoes?

I had a sizable glue stain on the seat cushion of my suede couch and will demonstrate the method I used to remove it. The same steps can be applied to other suede items to restore them as best you can.

What You'll Need:

  • Acetone (nail polish)
  • Sandpaper or nail file (gritty surface)
  • Talc powder
  • Damp cloth
  • WD-40 (optional)

Super Glue on My Precious Suede Couch
Super Glue on My Precious Suede Couch

How to Remove Glue From Suede

1. Start Removing the Glue

Assuming you're smart and didn't try removing the glue with a damp cloth and end up smudging it (like I did), you should start by scooping the adhesive off the suede with a spoon or something similar. Remove as much as possible to help reduce stains and ease the final removal process.

  • If you did smudge the original glue stain, all is not lost. Spooning up the thinner layer of glue isn't too difficult. Use talc powder and continue wiping the stain with a damp cloth to help the glue clump as much as possible.

2. Grind the Glue Down

Whether or not you smudged the original glue stain, you'll find a remnant that a spoon or damp cloth won't be able to remove. Apply acetone to loosen up the adhesive and gently grind the glue down with sandpaper or a nail file to coax the adhesive out of the material.

  • Warning: This will probably damage the suede a bit. Despite this, it's probably the best method to get the glue out.

3. Do a Final Clean

After the second step, you may find new (larger) clumps of glue on your suede. If you can, try the first step to remove the pieces.

4. Dry It Out

Leave the suede item in a cool, dry place and check on it every now and then. If you're not satisfied with the glue that may have remained, repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are happy with the result.

The Final Result!
The Final Result!

Two Alternatives to Remove Glue From Suede

1. Use WD-40

Some people found success by substituting acetone with WD-40 in the second step. You can use this option, but I can't speak to the potential long-term damage to the suede.

2. Soften the Glue (Highly Recommended If You Have Soldering Iron)

One person used an interesting method that seemed to work well. They softened the glue by placing a cloth over the stain and applied a soldering iron on top. Apparently, the glue softened up so much that they simply picked it up with a screwdriver after. I later tried it myself and can honestly say that if you are careful with the soldering iron, you can clean significant portion of the glue. See how they did it below!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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      Lacey Ednie 

      3 years ago

      I spilt nail glue on my mums swade chair I'm definitely going to try to get it of because she's really really mad. What do I do I need some help please anyone, what do I use !!!!!!!!!!!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      I love useful articles like these. I don't have anything suede, but at least I will know what to do if glue gets stuck on it.


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