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How to Remove Wall Stickers

Want to know how to remove wall stickers without ruining your decor? Grab a hairdryer, have a little patience, and follow our tips.


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Wall stickers or transfers can brighten up any room quickly, with minimum fuss.  While a fashionable transfer can make your bedroom or living room wall look awesome, when the time comes to remove wall stickers and remove sticker residue, you risk making a mess of the paintwork underneath. Can you remove wall stickers without wreaking havoc on your walls? Here’s how to remove sticker glue easily whilst minimising any chance of damage.

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You will need:

  • A hairdryer

  • Some time

  • A bit of patience

  • A clean cloth

  • A good cleaner, such as Jif

How to Remove Sticker Residue

Wall stickers add a personal touch to your home and are easily to apply. When you’re moving to a new house or wanting to fully upgrade your wall décor however, the adhesive underneath can be difficult to shift without causing damage – if you don’t know what you’re doing, that is. Here’s how to remove sticker glue from your walls:

A Sticky Situation – All About Adhesive

Adhesive grows stronger over time. Depending on the quality of the adhesive used and how long your transfer has been up, it could be that the sticky stuff has started to soak into the paint underneath. This will make the transfer harder to remove and leave ugly residue on the wall. Thankfully, there’s a secret to removing wall stickers – even old ones. All it takes is a bit of heat.

How to Remove Wallstickers– Step by Step

  • Take your trusty hairdryer. Switch it on to a low-heat setting. Beginning at one edge of the sticker, hold the hairdryer 10-20 cm away from the wall, testing the temperature of the sticker surface every few seconds with your hand. Once it feels warm, switch off your hairdryer.

  • Gently peel back the heated corner. You want it to be coming away from the wall easily; if it’s not budging, bring the hairdryer back for a few more seconds and repeat the process. (Be careful not to let the adhesive heat up too much – just warm to the touch should do the trick. If it becomes too hot, the glue will become tacky and may not come away when you remove the transfer, making removing sticker residue)

  • Continue to slowly peel the sticker from the wall, applying heat from the hairdryer to each adjoining section. Patience is key here.

  • Once you have removed the sticker, you can get to work removing sticker residue using a clean, damp cloth. If the residue proves stubborn, a dab of a good all-purpose cleaner, such as Jif will take care of it. Use as directed.

So there you have it – how to remove sticker residue and wall stickers. If you follow these instructions you should find that your wall stickers come off with minimum fuss. Remember to test any product you use on your walls on a small, inconspicuous area first.

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  • Use a hairdryer on low heat to loosen wall sticker adhesive

  • Remove the sticker slowly, heating it section by section

  • Be patient so as not to cause damage to the wall

  • Remove sticker residue with a solid all-purpose cleaner, such as Jif

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