If you've ever had to deal with the frustrating task of removing sticker residue from a plastic, glass, or metal surface, then you know just how annoying it can be. Fortunately, our top tips are here to make this hassle a breeze.
Is it possible to remove sticker residue?
Sticker residue is one of those things that seems impossible to get rid of, but there are several tricks you can try – it all depends on the level of adhesive your sticker has. At StickerShop, we offer a range of adhesives so you can get the perfect level of stick for your needs. From adhesive-free static clings and low-tack removable stickers to heavy-duty extra-perm that won’t budge, explore our adhesive options.
Regardless, if you have a sticker you want to remove cleanly, try these at-home solutions.
If you have WD-40 lying around, this is actually one of the best ways to remove sticker residue. Simply spray some onto the sticker and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it's had a chance to soak in, use a paper towel or rag to wipe away the residue.
Soap and water
If you don't have WD-40 to hand, soap and water are your next best bet. Start by wetting a rag or paper towel with warm water and adding a drop or two of dish soap. Rub the soapy cloth over the sticker residue until it starts to loosen, then use the cloth to wipe away any remaining residue. If this method doesn't work, move on to a tougher or more abrasive solution.
Vinegar is a common household item that can be used to remove sticker residue. The acid in the vinegar is good for eroding away sticky glue.
Simply wet a rag or paper towel with vinegar and rub it over the residue until it starts to loosen. Once the vinegar has done its job, use the cloth to wipe away any remaining residue.
Rubbing alcohol & nail varnish remover
Perhaps the strongest substances you can find at home to remove sticker residue, rubbing alcohol and nail varnish remover are sure to remove even the toughest of residues.
Highly concentrated and potent, you only need a small amount of both of these to get rid of stubborn sticker residue. Be careful not to inhale these chemicals whilst using.
Baking soda is another common household item that can remove sticker residue. The combination of baking soda’s mild abrasive qualities and the effervescent nature of the substance makes it a great sticker residue remover.
Begin by making a paste out of equal parts baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the residue and let it sit for 15 minutes before using a damp cloth to wipe it away. You’ll probably want to avoid this method, however, if you’re attempting to remove sticker residue from a laptop.
If you’re trying to remove sticker residue from glass or plastic, the acidity of lemon juice is a great option. Squeeze some lemon juice on a cloth or paper towel and rub it over the residue until it starts loosening. Once the lemon juice has done its job, use the cloth to wipe away any remaining residue.
This method may sound unusual, but it’s a tried and tested method that works well on pesky sticker residue that just won’t lift.
Peanut oil and a natural level of abrasiveness make your favourite spread perfect for easing away stubborn sticker residue. It’s also a good option for delicate surfaces that more acidic solutions might damage – for example, if you’re trying to remove sticker residue from wood.
Residue-free stickers from StickerShop
We know that the stubborn residue left behind after sticker removal is frustrating, and often time-consuming to clear up - even with our handy tips.
To save you the hassle next time, why not try our Removable Adhesive stickers? These low-tack designs are perfect for those custom stickers you don’t need to have up for a long period of time. Contact us today to find out more.