How to Get Expansion Foam Out of Clothing

by Stephanie Mitchell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Expansion foam is messy, so wear protective clothing when you use it.

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Expansion foam allows you to fill gaps around windows, in your attic or anywhere else in your home. To work effectively, it must be extremely sticky and durable. Although this means you can improve your home's insulation and energy efficiency without hiring outside help, expansion foam tends to wreck any fabric it touches. Once the foam cures, generally after about eight hours, you can no longer remove it from clothing. However, if you act while the foam is still moist, you might be able to clean your sticky garments with minimal damage.

Rub the damp expansion foam with a dry cloth. Remove as much of the foam as possible with the cloth.

Put nail polish remover with acetone on a second cloth. Rub the affected part of the clothing with the nail polish remover. This should get the remaining foam out of the garment.

Apply stain remover to the spot you have treated with nail polish remover. Wash the garment according to the stain remover's laundering instructions to minimize the chance that the clothes will be discolored permanently.


  • Wear clothes you don't care about while using expansion foam, so that if foam does cure onto them, you can simply throw them away. Also wear work gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself. Curing time may vary between brands. Check the can you are using to determine how long your brand takes. Test nail polish remover on an inconspicuous part of the fabric before using it, as it may alter the color or harm the material.

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Stephanie Mitchell is a professional writer who has authored websites and articles for real estate agents, self-help coaches and casting directors. Mitchell also regularly edits websites, business correspondence, resumes and full-length manuscripts. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.