How to remove sticker adhesive from stickers on different surfaces: tips and tricks

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Stickers can be removed mechanically, with solvents or under the influence of temperature.

No product nowadays is without stickers. Informational, protective, advertising, service, after all, the same price tags - they all spoil the look of things. So we often want to get rid of them. But the problem remains quite strong glue that holds them.

OBOZREVATEL understood the methods of cleaning the glue. It is important to remember that there is no universal method here. Much depends on the material on which the sticker was placed.

Glass surfaces

Peeling adhesive off glass is hardly the easiest thing to do. Smooth and resistant material will withstand radical means and impacts. So you can remove the sticker from the glass by blowing on a suitable place with a hair dryer or pouring hot water on it. Under the influence of temperature, the adhesive substance will lose its properties and the paper it holds can be easily removed.

To remove the label, the glass object can be immersed in hot water for 10-15 minutes, and then, carefully picking it up by the corner, remove it. All that remains is to wipe off small traces of adhesive with hot water or solvent.

Stickers can be kept over steam or heated with a hair dryer for a few minutes. This also weakens the adhesive and the label can be removed by the corner.

If you are afraid of damaging the glass with high temperature, you can rub off the glue with a melamine sponge. If possible, mechanically clean the object from the paper part of the sticker, moisten the sponge and rub the contaminated area with it. It is best not to use this method if you are cleaning an object that comes into contact with food.

Metal surfaces

Another resistant and usually smooth material that can be safely cleaned from adhesives. Even vegetable oils, alcohol and other solvents will do. To speed up the cleaning process, before you heat the place with the sticker to loosen the adhesive.

Well cope with cleaning metal acid - vinegar, citric acid or citrus juices. Apply the liquid to the contaminated area and leave it to act for about 10 minutes. Then remove the sticker and wash the place where it was with water.

Oil-based products also break down the adhesive. Place a paper or cloth on the work surface so as not to leave stains, moisten a napkin with grease and rub the sticker with it. Allow time for the product to work, and then gently wipe off the label so as not to scratch the surface. The procedure can be repeated several times to achieve the perfect result.

If the metal surface that holds the label is painted, find out what kind of paint it is covered with and choose an adhesive remover accordingly. Solvents can damage the coating.


Clothing and other textiles are more sensitive to the products with which they are treated. Fabrics are easily stained, their dyes can be accidentally dissolved and friction can damage the fibers. Therefore, any chosen product should first be tested on an invisible area of the item.

You can wash the glue off the fabric with alcohol. Soak a sponge or cloth with pure alcohol or alcohol-containing liquid and soak the sticker with it. After a few minutes, when the alcohol has taken effect, wipe off the label residue with the sponge. The same method can be used to clean textiles with vinegar or a solution of laundry soap.

Thicker fabrics can be cleaned with scotch tape - thin and delicate items can be damaged in this way. A strip of tape should be pressed to the area from which you want to remove the sticker, and immediately tear off sharply. The procedure will probably have to be repeated several times.

The sticker can be removed with the help of an iron. To do this, turn the thing inside out, put a piece of paper under the label and run a hot iron over it. The label will gradually stick to the paper and after a few approaches you will remove it completely.

You can also treat fabrics with special sprays for cleaning textiles. They help to clean cuffs, collars and remove adhesive residues.

Wooden surfaces

Due to the texture of wood, stickers are not easy to remove. Oils, alcohol and an eraser can help.

If the wood is stained, vegetable oil will help to clean it. You need to soak a paper towel with the product and properly treat the adhesive residue with it. When the fat penetrates into the adhesive, the residue can be scraped off with a knife, and the oil can be washed off with a suitable degreasing agent, such as dish liquid.

Mechanically scrubbing the glue off the wood will help with an ordinary school eraser. Remove as much paper and glue as you can and then rub the residue well. Over time, they will be removed and the place where the sticker was, will remain only to rinse.

Plastic surfaces

Plastic can be very sensitive to solvents, various substances and high temperature. Therefore, before applying one of the above methods to plastic, simply test it on an inconspicuous area of the item.

Also helps to remove stickers from plastic is a paste-like mixture of baking soda, water and detergent gel. It should be applied to the adhesive residue, kept for a few minutes and gently scrub off the traces with a sponge.

Earlier OBOZREVATEL told how to get rid of scratches on a smartphone.

Subscribe to OBOZREVATEL channels in Telegram and Viber to be aware of the latest events.

Other News

'I'm overwhelmed': legendary Olympic champion shares how AFU warriors inspire him

"I'm overwhelmed": legendary Olympic champion shares how AFU warriors inspire him

The former goalkeeper recalled his trip to Ukraine
A simple optical illusion will reveal your character traits: photo

A simple optical illusion will reveal your character traits: photo

A blogger has published an optical illusion that reveals the deep qualities of the viewer
What's wrong with the alien bodies shown in Mexico: the world has already seen 5 alien mummies in 2018, and here's what came out of it

What's wrong with the alien bodies shown in Mexico: the world has already seen 5 alien mummies in 2018, and here's what came out of it

How the story of the "alien" mummies outraged scientists, and how the Russians were involved in it