How to remove rhinestones from clothes

Removing rhinestones from clothes can be a delicate process to avoid damaging the fabric. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Materials you will need:

  1. Clothing item with rhinestones

  2. Small flathead screwdriver or butter knife

  3. Tweezers

  4. A clean cloth

  5. Acetone (nail polish remover)

  6. Cotton balls or swabs

  7. Mild detergent

  8. Warm water

  9. Soft-bristle brush


  1. Prepare a clean workspace: Lay your clothing item on a flat and clean surface. Make sure you have adequate lighting to see the rhinestones clearly.

  2. Assess the rhinestones: Check the rhinestones to see if they are attached using adhesive or if they are in prong settings. Most clothing items have rhinestones attached with adhesive.

  3. For adhesive-backed rhinestones:

a. Use a flathead screwdriver or butter knife: Gently slide the edge of the screwdriver or knife under the rhinestone, being careful not to damage the fabric. Gently pry the rhinestone away from the fabric.

b. Tweezers: Once the rhinestone is lifted, you can use tweezers to grasp it and pull it off the fabric.

c. Repeat: Continue this process for all the rhinestones on the clothing item.

  1. For prong-set rhinestones: If your clothing item has rhinestones in prong settings, you will need to remove the prongs. Be very careful not to damage the fabric while doing this.

a. Use a small flathead screwdriver or tweezers: Carefully bend back the prongs one by one. Once all prongs are bent back, the rhinestone should come out easily.

  1. Remove adhesive residue: After removing the rhinestones, you may have adhesive residue left on the fabric. Dampen a cotton ball or swab with acetone (nail polish remover) and gently dab it on the residue. Be cautious not to rub too vigorously as acetone can affect some fabrics. Continue until the residue is gone.

  2. Clean the clothing item: Fill a basin with warm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Gently agitate the water to create suds. Soak the clothing item in the soapy water for a few minutes.

  3. Rinse and dry: Rinse the clothing item thoroughly with clean water to remove any detergent residue. Then, pat it dry with a clean cloth.

  4. Inspect the fabric: Examine the fabric to ensure there is no remaining adhesive or damage.

  5. Optional: Restore fabric texture: If the fabric's texture is affected by the rhinestones, you can use a soft-bristle brush to gently brush the area in one direction to help restore the texture.

  6. Wash and care: Launder the clothing item according to the care instructions on the label to remove any remaining traces of adhesive and to freshen it up.

Remember to be patient and gentle throughout the process to avoid damaging your clothing item. If you're uncertain about any step, it may be wise to seek professional assistance to avoid accidental damage.