How to Remove Sticky Tags on Clothing


It can be frustrating when you buy a new clothing item and you can't completely remove the sticky tag adhesive from the clothing surface. Do not despair, because it is possible to remove sticky tags on clothing without damaging the clothing fibers. Use a common cleaning product called “Goo Gone” to remove adhesives from many different surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothing
  • Goo Gone
  • Absorbent cloths
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • Remove as much of the sticky tag from the clothing as possible without damaging or stretching the fibers of the clothing.

  • Purchase Goo Gone from home stores, variety stores, department stores and hardware stores. It comes in many different sizes and formulas. Look for a bottle that says it removes stickers, gum and tape from surfaces.

  • Squirt a small amount of Goo Gone onto the absorbent cloth and apply it to the sticky surface of the clothing.

  • Allow the Goo Gone to work on the sticky adhesive for approximately 15 minutes.

  • Dampen a second absorbent cloth and dab at the stain to remove as much of the sticky residue as possible. Continue working on the stain until all the residue comes off.

  • Wash the clothing item separately in the washing machine, following the manufacturer’s instructions for water temperature. Add a small amount of extra laundry detergent to the wash load.

  • Assess the clothing item when you remove it from the washing machine. Provided the sticky residue is gone, dry the clothing item in the dryer (if applicable).

  • If the stain remans, treat it again with additional Goo Gone and another cycle in the washing machine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another option to cover the sticky surface with a press cloth and iron the surface with a hot iron. Often the sticky residue will transfer to the press cloth when you use this technique.

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