How to Remove Sticky Label Residue from Clothes
Removing sticker residue from clothes can actually be fairly simple:
1. If at all possible, don’t let a sticky stain dry or go through the tumble dryer – once it has dried out, it’ll be much harder to remove.
2. Check the care label of your garment before treating it – this means you can choose a suitable detergent and wash cycle. If your garment is wool, silk, lace, or any other delicate fabric, you’ll want to use a mild detergent and to treat the stain with a little extra care.
3. Rub a good quality detergent (like Persil small & mighty) directly into the area. You can also splash out on a specialist adhesive stain remover, but check the label carefully to ensure that it is suitable for your fabric, as some powerful stain removers can be a little too strong for delicate fabrics. When dealing with any cleaning product, always protect your hands and follow the instructions on the label.
4. Wash the garment according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This guide on how to interpret wash care symbols can help you with this. Wash at 40 degrees or below to ensure that the heat from the wash doesn’t set the stain.
5. If some of the residues persist, re-treat the area. Alternatively, you can try blotting rubbing alcohol directly onto the stain and washing again as normal. But always make sure you test any treatments on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first to ensure that your method and the material are compatible.