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Every sticker has a lifetime, and reaches a point where it’s time to remove. Whether you’re swapping out your stickers for some new messaging, or trying to clean up some surfaces, getting adhesive off surfaces can be tricky.
Never fear! At StickerYou, we have experience with all types of stickers. When it comes to adhesive, all of our vinyl materials are gunk-free, meaning they can easily be peeled off without issue. For all different types of situations, we’ll break down the best way to rid your surfaces of mess and potential damage.
How to remove stickers off glass
Glass surfaces are often the go-to choice for decals and stickers. Whether it’s storefront signage, labels on your jars, or various inspection stickers on your windshield, there are a few surefire ways to get rid of that pesky gunk and residue.
First off, if you’re able to, try soaking the surface. If it’s a jar, submerge it in water and let it sit. If you’re working on a larger surface, give the area a good soaking with some soapy hot water. After that, there are 3 product options for breaking up the adhesive that you most likely already have at home.
The best option for breaking up gunk is applying some WD40, as this is a lubricant that will loosen and remove the particles. If you don’t have that, apply some room temperature cooking or baby oil to the area to soften it. If you don’t have either of these products, going in with rubbing alcohol and some elbow grease will also do the trick.
How to remove stickers off metal surfaces (cars, appliances, laptops, and more)
How many times have you bought a brand new laptop or appliance, only for it to be covered in little promotional or technical stickers that you have a hard time taking off? Thankfully, these don’t have to be permanent, and can be removed to let the lovely surface underneath shine through.
Start by peeling off as much of the surface as you can. Go in with a sharp edged product like a credit card or razorblade, and break up as much of the remaining material as you can (just be careful not to damage the surface).
After that, soak the area in some acetone or rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, you can hold a cloth against it to ensure it absorbs as much product as possible. Finally, go back in with your sharp object and wash the remainder off. Lastly, use a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the remaining little bits, and restore the shine of the surface!
How to remove stickers off wood
Wood can often be the toughest surface to remove residue from, given the fact that it’s a natural material full of pores and texture. That being said, it’s not impossible! Soak a cloth in white vinegar, and lay it on the surface for a couple of minutes.
After soaking, gently peel off all of the pieces you can, and use a scraper (you might want to stick with a credit card or a rubber based product, to avoid damaging the wood) to remove the leftover adhesive. After this, give the area a good cleaning with some wood polish of your choice!
How to remove stickers off plastic
Reusing plastic is always a good idea when possible. This may mean removing tags and stickers that have previously been placed on the surface.
Fill a bowl with warm, soapy water, and let the product sit for a few minutes. After this, remove the bits you can, and go back in with a cloth or cotton swab soaked in oil (cooking or baby oil should work).
Congratulations - you cleaned your surfaces of pesky gunk and residue! If you want to avoid this mess in the future, check out our custom stickers. Our removable clear and white vinyl stickers are gunk-free, meaning they won’t leave any mess behind once removed.
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