Jun 27

Removing Sticker Residue Properly on Different Surfaces

Do you hate the sight of sticker adhesives left behind by price tags, product stickers, and product labels? Sometimes the glue also attracts dirt and grime if left for some time. Here the proper methods to remove the sticker residue from different surfaces.

Fabrics
Remove the sticker residue on clothes and linen as soon as possible while the stain is still fresh, because leaving them to dry will make them more difficult to remove. Read the care label to determine which wash cycle and type of detergent must be used. Use warm, soapy water to scrub off the adhesive, but do not use any sharp object to scrape it off. If the stain won’t come off, rub alcohol on the stain then wash again. Make sure that all the stains are gone before rinsing and drying the fabric.

Plastic and Wood
You cannot use just about any cleaning agent on these surfaces because you will damage the material. Avoid using sharp objects as well because they will also leave scratch marks, instead, soak the residue in vegetable oil for a few hours to soften it. Then, dry the residue with a hair dryer set in warm temperature (avoid setting it on very hot temperatures) before washing the area with soapy water. This method can also be used on metal surfaces.

Ceramic
To remove the adhesive residue from vases, tiles, and other ceramic items like porcelain, heat white vinegar in a pan but do not let it boil. Next, dip a clean cloth in the warm vinegar and dab at the sticker. Squeeze a few drops on the surface or place the soaked cloth on top of the sticker for 30 minutes. If there are still some stains left, repeat the process. You can also use oil (corn, vegetable, baby, and olive oil) to remove the residue by soaking the adhesive with it for 20 minutes. Then, wash the surface with dish soap and clean water until the oil is removed. You should repeat the process if some residue is left, but you could try a commercial adhesive solvent, turpentine, or acetone as a last resort. Soak the residue for 30 minutes before washing the surface with a mild detergent and water.

Glass
If you want to remove the stickers on glass surfaces like jars, dinnerware, windows, etc., moisten a clean, damp cloth and wipe the surface. Next, use an acetone-based nail polish remover to rub off the glue from the glass surface. Finally, rinse the area with soapy water to remove the residue. Avoid using sharp objects, unless the sticker has been on the surface for a very long time. If this is the case, then use an artist’s palette knife to gently lift the sticker. For jars and mugs, soak the items in warm soapy water for an hour then wipe the remaining stains with a clean cloth soaked in vinegar.

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