FAQs

+What is a PVA glue?

PVA glues are typically white glues that are water-based and nontoxic. “PVA” stands for “poly vinyl acetate,” which is a type of resin that is used in the glue.

+Is Aleene’s glue a PVA glue?

Any of the water-based Aleene’s white glues, like the Original Tacky Glue family, are considered PVA glues.

+How can I tell if a glue is toxic?

By law, all glues that contain toxic materials are required to print a caution message on the label. Check the glue label to make sure. All Aleene’s glues that are nontoxic are also labeled as such on the bottles.

+What Aleene’s glues are photo safe?

Any Aleene’s glue that is labeled “acid free” – like Aleene’s Acid-Free Tacky Glue – is considered photo safe. Industrial-strength glues like Aleene’s Rapid Dry Mixed-Media Adhesive and Aleene’s The Ultimate Multi-Surface Adhesive also have photo-safe formulas.

+Is Aleene’s glue acid free?

Aleene’s does make an acid-free formula in Aleene’s Acid-Free Tacky Glue; make sure to check the labels of other Aleene’s glues before applying to your project.

+Will Aleene’s glues turn yellow over time?

No. Aleene’s glues are formulated not to yellow with age.

+Does Aleene’s make a dry cleanable fabric glue?

Unfortunately, Aleene’s does not offer a dry cleanable fabric glue at this time.

+What glue works best on satin or silk?

Because of the delicate nature of satin and silk, we recommend using Fabric Fusion Tapes and Adhesive Sheets to avoid potential staining that can happen with liquid glues.

+What glue works best on felt?

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue and Aleene’s Felt & Foam Glue all work permanently on felt.

+What is the difference between fabric glue and Tacky Glues?

Tacky Glue is a PVA glue, which means it is made with resin and is water-based and nontoxic. Fabric glues have acrylic as their main ingredient, and acrylic glues hold up better though washings and remain flexible.

+Why is Original Tacky Glue thicker than other white craft glues?

Original Tacky Glue uses a specially formulated resin that gives it strong bonding power and instant holding abilities (tack).

+How long do Aleene’s glues last?

All Aleene’s glues are treated with a biocide to help prevent bacteria growth. If you keep your glues capped tightly between uses, they should last a long time.

+How do I remove dried glue from surfaces?

Generally rubbing alcohol or acetone (nail polish remover) works to remove glue from most surfaces, including skin. If a heavier solution is needed, try Goo Gone® or Goof Off®.

+How do I unclog dried glue from the bottle tip?
  • 1. Remove the bottle tip.
  • 2. Soak tip in warm water.
  • 3. Poke a pin down through the tip and loosen the dried glue. Make sure to remove the dried glue completely so that it doesn’t end up back at the tip and clogging the glue flow.
+How can I use glue as a resist on fabric?

Temporary glues can be used as a resist on fabric.

  • 1. Apply the glue to fabric in the design of your choice.
  • 2. Allow the glue to dry completely. (It should appear rigid and clear when dry.)
  • 3. Paint or dye the fabric.
  • 4. Once the paint has dried or the dye has completely set, soak the fabric 20 to 30 minutes to soften the glue.
  • 5. Wash the fabric according to label instructions to remove the glue entirely.
+Is it possible to dilute Original Tacky Glue with water?

Yes. Original Tacky Glue can be diluted with water to create a sealer for projects or for easy spreading with brush-on techniques.

  • 1. Pour needed amount of Tacky Glue into a plastic or disposable bowl.
  • 2. Mix water into glue in small amounts until desired consistency is reached.
  • 3. Use a brush to apply diluted glue solution.
  • 4. Clean up with soap and water.