removing insulating foam from clothing

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Aye Smith, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. Aye Smith

    Aye Smith Guest

    Hi crew,
    My daughter was helping me install a window and got some of the insulating
    foam on her fleece shirt. It's the Great Stuff kind, comes in a can. Any
    one know a way of getting that stuff off? I guess a chemical but nothing I
    have seems to work. Thanks for any tips.

    AS
    Aye Smith, Feb 3, 2004
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  2. Aye Smith <me@home> wrote in message news:<Xns948469EA3E9E5antique10@216.251.47.206>...
    > Hi crew,
    > My daughter was helping me install a window and got some of the insulating
    > foam on her fleece shirt. It's the Great Stuff kind, comes in a can. Any
    > one know a way of getting that stuff off? I guess a chemical but nothing I
    > have seems to work. Thanks for any tips.


    It should say somewhere on the can, but I believe acetone dissolves it.
    Unfortunately, acetone also harms polyester, so if it's a polyester
    fleece you may be out of luck. (Acetone won't dissolve cured polyester,
    but it can still soften/"melt" it to some degree.) A cotton or wool
    fleece should be relatively safe to treat this way, though.

    You can always try removing it by "mechanical" means (scraping, cutting);
    hopefully it's not so deeply embedded in the fleece that this is ruled out.

    --
    Y.
    Yasashii Arbaito, Feb 3, 2004
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  3. Aye Smith

    Joe Guest

    On 3 Feb 2004 11:39:18 -0800, (Yasashii Arbaito)
    wrote:

    >Aye Smith <me@home> wrote in message news:<Xns948469EA3E9E5antique10@216.251.47.206>...
    >> Hi crew,
    >> My daughter was helping me install a window and got some of the insulating
    >> foam on her fleece shirt. It's the Great Stuff kind, comes in a can. Any
    >> one know a way of getting that stuff off? I guess a chemical but nothing I
    >> have seems to work. Thanks for any tips.

    >
    >It should say somewhere on the can, but I believe acetone dissolves it.
    >Unfortunately, acetone also harms polyester, so if it's a polyester
    >fleece you may be out of luck. (Acetone won't dissolve cured polyester,
    >but it can still soften/"melt" it to some degree.) A cotton or wool
    >fleece should be relatively safe to treat this way, though.
    >
    >You can always try removing it by "mechanical" means (scraping, cutting);
    >hopefully it's not so deeply embedded in the fleece that this is ruled out.



    Scraping a pair of jeans with a blade from a utility knife worked for
    me once. The scraping took off a slight bit of the jean material
    though. In your case it might leave a bald spot on the garment but it
    might be the only option.
    Joe
    Joe, Feb 3, 2004
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  4. He's right. Just throw it away, next time wear old clothes.





    "montana" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In article <Xns948469EA3E9E5antique10@216.251.47.206>,
    > Aye Smith <me@home> wrote:
    >
    > > Hi crew,
    > > My daughter was helping me install a window and got some of the

    insulating
    > > foam on her fleece shirt. It's the Great Stuff kind, comes in a can. Any
    > > one know a way of getting that stuff off? I guess a chemical but nothing

    I
    > > have seems to work. Thanks for any tips.
    > >
    > > AS

    >
    > Sounds all too familiar to me. Acetone is supposed to work, but didn't.
    > Nothing I tried worked and we have a lot of different things to try. I
    > liked that shirt, but it's a rag now.
    >
    > Luckily, the haircut I had to get went better...
    Tim or Marty Shephard, Feb 9, 2004
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