How to Get Stickers Off Hardwood Floors


If you have young children who enjoy stickers (and most do), they probably also like to affix them to all kinds of surfaces around your house--including hardwood flooring. Some stickers are easily removed, but others have strong adhesive and will require some elbow grease. The trick here is using a cleaning technique that won't harm your floors but is effective.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small plastic spray bottle
  • Lint-free microfiber cloth
  • Non-scratch kitchen sponge (optional)
  • Fill the spray bottle three quarters full with rubbing alcohol.

  • Spray a small amount alcohol directly on the sticker and let sit for a few minutes.

  • Use the microfiber cloth to gently rub the sticker area, scrubbing a bit with your fingers and/or fingernails if necessary.

  • If the sticker residue is especially stubborn, use the no-scratch sponge (scrubbing side) to remove it.

  • Wipe the area clean with the cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may have to spray the sticker area multiple times to fully soak and remove it.
  • As with all cleaning supplies, use according to the instructions on the package. Some chemicals, such as rubbing alcohol, have a slight odor, so make sure the room being cleaned is well ventilated.

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