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How To Clean Glue & Gak

Cleaning up glue and gak (aka flubber, gloop, or glurch) is practically a parenting rite of passage. It's inevitable that at some point in time, this gooey mess will make its mark in your home. When glue and gak attack, follow our how-to for de-sliming clothing, carpet, and upholstery.


Sweater Comb, Wash Basin, Scented Vinegar, Wash & Stain Bar, Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth


If the glue or gak has dried, gently rub the area continuously for 2-3 minutes with an ice cube or soak in ice cold water. Otherwise, skip ahead to step 2.


Gently scrape off as much of the glue or gak as possible using a butter knife or The Laundress Sweater Comb, depending on the item being treated. When removing from cashmere and knits, use the Sweater Comb. When removing from cotton, nylon or heavier fabrics, use the butter knife.


To remove the remaining stain, grab your Wash & Stain Bar, rinse with warm water and rub between your hands to create a lather before working into the stained area. Gently rub your bar back and forth across the affected area until the stain fades. Remove any additional residue that comes up as you go.


To remove any residual odor, you may also saturate the area with Scented Vinegar and allow to soak for a few minutes. After the Scented Vinegar has soaked, run warm water over the area. If working on carpet or upholstery, soak a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth in warm water and gently blot the area.


Launder as usual. If working with upholstery or carpet, once again, grab your Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth, soak in warm water and blot the area gently then allow to air dry.