Cleaning Craft Supplies From Area Rugs

Many people, young and old, find crafting to be a relaxing and enjoyable activity. The messiness of this activity, especially when children are around, is a major drawback for people who have expensive or luxury rugs and carpeting.

If a glob of glue or a drop of paint falls on the floor while crafting, no need to worry at all. At Great American Rug Cleaning, we know some easy ways to get craft supplies out of your favorite area rug.


Glitter is widely used as a decorative and crafting element. Even if only a tiny bit spills into rugs, it can be quite challenging to remove completely. The shiny flakes can’t be removed by vacuuming alone because glitter frequently becomes imbedded.

It has been proven that vacuum cleaning is insufficient for this job. That’s why we start by vacuuming glitter from area rugs with the hose attachment if it’s a big spill. After taking out all the loose pieces, we use the below instruments to extract the embedded remnants:

  • Damp paper towel
  • Lint roller
  • Masking tape to wrap palm


Glue is more difficult to work with because it dries so quickly. Quick action is required to remove a glue stain from your area rug. Our prompt carpet cleaning service can help you get rid of glue stains thoroughly.


To remove excess glue from a wet stain, we scrape it off with a butter knife or sturdy cardboard and then dab the area rug with a moist, clean cloth.


We wet a clean cloth with hot water and press it hard on the stain until the glue softens, and then blot it with a dry towel. To remove the stain, we cover it with a dry cloth and liquidize the glue with an iron at high heat, so that it is effectively absorbed.


Although dried rubber cement may appear to be permanently embedded in your area rug, we can remove the substance by following a few simple steps:

  • Dabbing the stain with a small amount of dry cleaning solvent.
  • Mixing eight ounces of warm water and one tablespoon of mild dish soap to make a solution. We use this solution to firmly blot the stain.
  • Using a clean sponge and water, blot the stain until it disappears.
  • We never scrub since this can make the spot sink deeper into area rugs.


Play-Doh and other molding compounds are difficult to remove from area rugs. We let the product dry completely before brushing it loose with a tool. After that, we vacuum to collect the broken pieces and wash the area down with cold water and a little detergent.


Paint imperfections arise while crafting. First, we soak wet paint with cardboard or thin plastic, then apply a mild dish detergent and warm water mixture and blot the stain until it disappears. We use a dry cloth to absorb any remaining wetness.

For dried spills, we soak the paint in hot water and a solvent like vinegar or acetone for 20 minutes. After it softens, we scrape it with a knife. To remove dissolved paint, we keep applying the solution and scraping and blotting. After stain removal, we blot dry.


If you are facing difficulties with stubborn stains, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Great American Rug Cleaning. Since 1993, our skilled, qualified and experienced crews have been serving homeowners and business owners in the Houston area with all area rug-related issues. To receive a free rug cleaning estimate, just call 281-502-8878 or click here to learn more about our services.

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