How to Remove Sticker Stains


Many new products contain adhesive labels or stickers that can be removed after purchase. Removing stickers, labels and adhesive papers from items, however, often causes sticky stains to remain, collecting dirt over time. You can remove sticker stains and residue from surfaces with basic cleaning solutions. Test first on an inconspicuous area before attempting to remove the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Sticker
  • Cotton ball
  • Water
  • Cooking oil
  • After peeling off the sticker, press it gently against the sticky stain and pull off the sticker again. This causes the adhesive to transfer onto the back of the sticker.

  • Moisten a cotton ball with water and dab it onto the sticky stain, applying a small amount of water.

  • Allow the water to sit on the stain for 10 minutes to soften the sticky residue. Scrape off the sticky residue with your fingernail.

  • Inspect the surface for remaining stains. If residue remains, apply a dab of cooking oil to your finger.

  • Rub your finger over the sticky stain until the residue is completely removed. The cooking oil will dissolve the adhesive residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Masking tape or clear office tape can be used instead of the sticker to remove the stain.
  • Window or glass cleaner can be applied to the stain instead of water.

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