How to remove sticky labels from walls
These days we often use large vinyl stickers to decorate our walls – but what if you want to take them off? Most manufacturers of ‘decals’ have their own recommended method for removing their stickers to follow, but if the packet instructions have long since disappeared, you’ll need to:
- Remove as much of the paper part of the sticker manually.
- Use a pencil eraser to rub away excess residue.
- Use a cloth with hot soapy water to get the wall totally clean.
How to remove sticker glue from windows
Letting your kids put stickers on the inside of the windows of your car can seem like a fun idea at the time, but when you try to remove them (or they naturally deteriorate), their remains are very unsightly. Torn bits of sticker are not the best of accessories, but neither are scratched windows, so:
- Avoid the temptation to use something sharp to scrape the glue off – this could scratch the glass.
- Moisten any paper residue with a damp cloth.
- Then, apply an acetate-based nail varnish remover and rub or roll the glue away from the glass.
- Use hot soapy water to remove any remaining glue.
If the sticker has been stuck to the window for a long time, it will be harder to remove. If the above technique doesn’t do the job, you may have to resort to using something like a palette knife, but be very careful to protect your fingers and make sure you use it flat against the surface of the glass to avoid causing scratches.
How to remove sticky label residue from jars
Glass jars are incredibly useful things to keep around the house, either as simple flower vases or as a useful way to keep hold of small objects, like spare beads and buttons. The easiest way to remove sticky labels on your jars is by following these steps:
- Plunge the jars straight into a big bowl of hot soapy water – use a good quality washing up liquid to make the lather.
- Leave them to soak for half an hour. By the time you come back to them, the glue should have dissolved, and the labels will slide off easily!
- If any residue remains, use neat vinegar and a microfibre cloth – or a small nail brush – to scrub the glass bottles clean.
Once you know how to remove sticker residue easily, you can use this skill to reuse jars and tins around your house – as well as taking care of kids’ sticker-related mishaps. Give it a go!