Because their surfaces are so smooth, mirrors and other glass items are great places to install high quality custom stickers. They adhere strongly, ensuring that the placement stays on for a long time. While this may sound like a good thing for those seeking permanent installations, it may not be such good news if you feel like it’s time to remove them.
You may be tempted to grab a sharp tool and start scraping the sticker off. However, doing so can damage the mirror beyond repair. We have some better solutions for removing stickers from a mirror in this article.
How Do You Get Stickers Off a Mirror?
There are a couple of things you can do to get stickers off a mirror safely and successfully. Here are our top tips.
1- Razor Blade For sticky and stubborn stickers that look like they won’t budge with a cleaning solution, you can use a razor blade. However, be extra careful not to scratch the mirror or cut yourself when trying this method.
2- Hot Water and Soap Removing stickers from mirrors can be done with common household items like hot water and liquid dish soap.
To use this method, grab a sponge and soft cloth and soak it in hot, soapy water. Place the sponge on top of the sticker for a couple of minutes, enough for it to absorb the liquid. The sticker should be fully wet, and the adhesive loosened, which will allow you to scrape it off easily but gently.
3- Heating Up the Sticker
Most adhesives budge when exposed to high heat, so you may be able to remove stickers from your mirror with a hair dryer or clothes steamer.
Set your dryer or steamer to its hottest setting and point the nozzle directly toward the sticker for one to two minutes. By this time, the adhesive should have loosened enough to allow you to scrape the sticker off with a blunt object. If needed, repeat the heating process until the sticker peels off completely.
4- Alcohol/Nail Polish Remover
Pour rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover on a cleaning cloth until it’s saturated. Then, hold the cloth over the sticker for a couple of minutes. When the adhesive has softened, use a blunt tool to lift an edge of the sticker, then slowly peel it off until it is completely removed.
For tougher stickers, you can pour the alcohol or nail polish remover directly on the sticker.
5- Diluted White Vinegar
Another household item you can use to remove stickers from mirrors is white vinegar.
Create a mixture of 1 part distilled white vinegar and 1 part water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the solution directly onto the sticker.
Let it sit for a couple of minutes to allow the diluted vinegar to soak and work its magic on the adhesive. If your sticker is on a standing or vertical surface, you may need to spray it multiple times every couple of minutes to fully saturate the sticker.
Afterward, take a blunt tool or razor blade and lift one edge of the sticker. Grab the lifted corner with your fingers and slowly start peeling the sticker off. If you encounter resistance at any point, feel free to spray the area with the vinegar mixture again.
Once you’ve secured your can of WD-40, spray the solution all over your sticker, making sure to saturate it completely. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then use a blunt tool or razor blade to peel the edges of the sticker.
You can use your fingers to pull it off completely. But before doing so, wear gloves to protect your skin from the WD-40 solution.
All methods above are effective for removing stickers from glass surfaces. If you, however, are left with an ugly and annoying residue despite exhausting all your options, here’s what you can do.
First, you can use baking soda and cooking oil to make a paste to rub over the residue. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then scrape the residue off with a silicone scraper. You can also use a sponge soaked in hot, soapy water.
Alternatively, you can try using Goo Gone, an adhesive remover brand. Apply Goo Gone to the residue and use a blunt tool to scrape the adhesive off.