Does your embroidery hoop look like it is growing hair? I’ll show you a couple of ways that you can remove the sticky residue from your hoops and make them look like new!
I recommend never spraying temporary adhesive onto your hooped stabilizer. But even though you spray just the back of your batting/wadding or applique fabric, hoops can still get sticky residue on them over time, especially if the project is floated. Tape and sticky stabilizer also contribute to the build-up that comes from using adhesives. Thread spools, too, can get sticky from adhesive labels.
My go-to goo remover is non-acetone nail polish remover. Because it is safe to use with acrylic nails, I have had no problems with it harming my hoop after nearly two decades of use.
Wet a couple of cotton balls with the non-acetone remover and wipe the hoop to remove sticky residue.
Maybe it is because I do not spray in the hoop and, therefore, do not have a lot of buildup, but it really doesn’t take much elbow grease. If you are worried about the remover harming your hoop, wipe it off with a paper towel or wet rag after using non-acetone products.
Bonnie Welsh, from SewInspiredByBonnie.com, likes to spray her hoop with WD-40. She lets it sit a bit and then wipes off the residue.
Two other items that Bonnie has used for removing GlitterFlex vinyl (which has a very sticky backing) are Goo Gone and Goof Off.
What do you use to clean your hoops?