How to Remove Star Stickers From the Ceiling

Many children decorate their bedroom ceilings with glow-in-the-dark star stickers. When a child outgrows the stickers, or when it's time to repaint or move, the task of removing them may seem overwhelming. Use a sturdy stepladder or chair to comfortably reach the stickers, and have a second person hand you the things you need to make the job a bit easier. Also, choose one of several products known to effectively remove sticky adhesives from walls, but test it in a discreet location to check that it does not damage the paint in any way.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball

  • White vinegar

  • Cleaner formulated to remove sticky residues

  • Nail polish remover

  • Car part lubricant

  • Rag

  • Dish soap

Step 1

Moisten a cotton ball with undiluted white vinegar, a cleaner formulated to remove sticky residues or nail polish remover. Use the cotton ball to moisten the edges of the star stickers. Alternatively, spray the edges lightly with a car part lubricant.

Step 2

Wait two to three minutes for the vinegar, nail polish remover, cleaner or lubricant to loosen the adhesiveness of the star stickers.

Step 3

Peel the stars off the ceiling with your fingers or use a plastic scraper or edge of an old credit card.

Step 4

Apply more vinegar, cleaner, nail polish remover or lubricant to moisten the inside areas of the stickers as you remove them.

Step 5

Use the moistened cotton ball to rub away any remaining residue after the stickers are removed from the ceiling. Or, spray a little bit of car part lubricant on the residue and rub off the adhesive with a rag.

Step 6

Clean the ceiling with the corner of a rag moistened with soapy water. Rinse with the other end of the rag moistened with plain water.

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