Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
Scrape and soak, scrape and soak – sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times you do it, that sticker just won’t budge. Stickers and sticky labels are a fantastic way to promote your brand, personalize items or keep things organized. But, removing them can often leave behind a mess of sticky residue, especially on delicate surfaces like glass or plastic.
Luckily, we’ve got some simple yet effective techniques for removing that stubborn sticky residue from various surfaces. Remember when employing these techniques to always test a small area first to ensure no damage is done to your surface.
Having said all that, if you’re tired of the removal process and just can’t deal anymore, there’s always our Repositional Labels. Reuse and remove them with no mess and no fuss. Chances are, if you’re on this page, you’re going to love them.
1. How to get sticker residue off glass:
Glass surfaces can be delicate, so it’s important to use gentle products and always test a small area first. Start by peeling off as much of the sticker as possible with your fingers or a plastic scraper. Next, apply a few drops of cooking oil or rubbing alcohol directly onto the sticker or sticky residue. Let it sit for a few minutes to weaken the adhesive, then gently scrub the area with a soft cloth. For stubborn residue, try a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water.
2. How to remove sticky labels from plastic:
Plastic surfaces also require a gentle approach to avoid damage. Again, first peel off as much sticker residue as possible with your finger or plastic scraper. For any sticky residue remaining, try using a mixture of warm soapy water and baking soda. Apply the mixture to the area and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub off the residue.
3. How to remove sticker residue from metal:
Metal surfaces are more sturdy, so they can handle a bit more resistance. Start by scraping off the sticker with a plastic scraper or an old credit card. To remove any leftover residue, apply a few drops of dish soap mixed with warm water and scrub the area with a soft sponge or cloth. If necessary, use a commercial adhesive remover specifically designed for metal surfaces.
Remember to test small areas first and don’t use any sharp tools. Hopefully these techniques make your life a little less sticky. Or at least take the pain out of sticker removal.