How to Get Sticker Residue off Khakis

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It might be cute at the time when your sweet little niece puts stickers all over your new khaki pants, but when you take the stickers off and there's gooey residue left behind, your mood can quickly change to panic. The sticky gunk may look impossible to remove, and you know that washing the khakis likely won’t do the trick, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have another sticker removal trick up your sleeve. With the right products, the right method and a touch of patience, you’ll get the adhesive off your khakis and they'll look as good as new.

Things You'll Need

  • Dull butter knife
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • Bowl
  • 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid
  • White rags
  • White towel
  • Acetone-based nail polish remover
  • Laundry stain removal product

Scrape off as much of the sticky residue as possible with a dull butter knife. Use care when scraping to avoid damaging the khaki fabric in the process.

Pour 2 cups of cold water into a bowl. Mix in 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.

Dip a clean white rag into the soapy water. Blot the sticky stain gently with the rag to remove as much of the sticker residue as possible. After no more sticker residue is coming off the khakis, blot with a clean white rag to soak up the moisture.

Lay a clean white towel on a flat surface. Put the sticky side of the khakis face down onto the towel.

Cover the sticker spot with acetone-based nail polish remover. Rub the backside of the stain with a clean, white rag to push the nail polish remover through the fabric.

Flip the pants over to check for any traces of the sticker residue. If it’s still there, repeat this entire process, starting with blotting with soapy water and finishing with nail polish remover, until all of the adhesive is gone.

Apply a laundry stain removal product to the affected area of the khakis and wash the pants in cold water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wash the khakis in cold water and let them air dry until you are sure all sticker residue is gone. Heat will set in the adhesive, making it more difficult to remove.
  • Test the acetone nail polish remover on an inconspicuous spot of the khakis first to check for any color changes or damage to the fabric.

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