How to Remove Sticky Shelf Paper

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Shelf paper is used on shelves and cabinets to protect surfaces from items that sit on the shelf or inside of the cabinet. Most shelf paper has an adhesive backing that allows it to stick to the surface. This can make it tricky to remove. With the right products and methods, you can remove sticky shelf paper quickly without damaging the surface to which the paper is attached.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Spray bottle
  • Plastic putty knife
  • Rags
  • Vegetable oil
  • Dish soap
  • Apply heat to the shelf paper using a hair dryer. Start in a corner and hold the hair dryer about six inches from the surface for 30 seconds.

  • Pull up the corner of the shelf liner slowly with your fingers. Spray warm water from a spray bottle onto the backing of the shelf liner as you lift. Use a plastic putty knife to assist in pulling up the sticky shelf liner.

  • Continue this process, heating a section and then pulling it up with your fingers and wetting the backing, until all of the shelf liner has been removed.

  • Remove any adhesive residue left from the shelf liner by wiping the area with a rag moistened with vegetable oil. Wash the surface with warm, soapy water to remove any residue.

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